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Bethany Beach/South Bethany Coastal Storm Damage Reduction Project

Published March 6, 2020
Bethany & South Bethany Project Index Map

Bethany & South Bethany Project Index Map

The Bethany Beach/South Bethany project was first constructed in 2008 and received a periodic nourishment in 2011. The project is designed to reduce damages from storm events.

The Bethany Beach/South Bethany project was first constructed in 2008 and received a periodic nourishment in 2011. The project is designed to reduce damages from storm events.

CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICTS: DE-AL

APPROPRIATION / PHASE: Construction, General

BUSINESS PROGRAM: Flood and Coastal Storm Damage Reduction

AUTHORITY: Senate Committee Resolution, 23 June 1988. Project authorized for construction by Title I, Section 101 (a) (15) of WRDA ’99.

LOCATION: The towns of Bethany Beach and South Bethany are communities along the Atlantic Ocean Coast of Delaware, in Sussex County.

DESCRIPTION: The Bethany Beach/South Bethany project area extends along approximately 2 miles of the Atlantic Ocean coast of Delaware in Sussex County, Delaware. The plan proposed in the final feasibility report for the purpose of flood and coastal storm damage reduction consists of a sand fill beach and dune project, in two independent discontinuous segments, for both Bethany Beach and South Bethany. The project includes a 150-foot wide berm with an elevation of +7.0 feet NAVD, and a dune with an elevation of +16.0 feet NAVD over a total project length of 14,950 feet (2.8 miles). The recommended project consists of providing 3.5 million cubic yards initial beach fill, with subsequent nourishment of 480,000 cubic yards every three years. The plan includes dune grass, dune fencing, and suitable advance beach fill and periodic nourishment every three years to ensure the integrity of the design.

STATUS: Initial construction was completed in June 2008. The project has been repaired/renourished multiple times since the initial construction. 

Year

Activity

June 2008

Initial Construction Completed

Jan 2009-June 2009

Emergency Repair

Oct. 2010-Oct. 2011

Periodic Nourishment (Bethany March 2011; South Bethany October 2011)

Aug. 2013-Sep. 2013

FCCE Repair (Sandy)

Jun-Jul 2018

FCCE Repair & Periodic Nourishment

Fiscal Year 2020 Periodic Nourishment (contract expected to be awarded in September 2020)

 

PROJECT GOALS: The purpose of this project provides hurricane and coastal storm damage reduction consisting of a sand fill beach and dune project, in two independent segments, for both Bethany Beach and South Bethany. It includes a berm, a dune, beach fill, dune grass, dune fencing, and periodic nourishment every three years. FY 2020 Work Plan funds will be used to initiate and complete the next periodic nourishment cycle. Contract is scheduled to be awarded by September 2020 with construction scheduled to begin in fall 2020.

SPONSOR: Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control

DATE OF PROJECT AGREEMENT: 26 JUL 2006       

TARGET COMPLETION DATE: 2057

PROJECT MANAGER: Mike Hart