Murderkill River

USACE Philadelphia District
Published July 1, 2021
Updated: March 7, 2022
Murderkill River Project Index Map

Murderkill River Project Index Map

The Murderkill River project provides for a channel 7 feet deep at mean low water, 60 feet wide in Delaware Bay to mouth, and then 60 feet wide to Frederica, 7.5 miles above mouth. The total length of section included in project is about 8.5 miles

The Murderkill River project provides for a channel 7 feet deep at mean low water, 60 feet wide in Delaware Bay to mouth, and then 60 feet wide to Frederica, 7.5 miles above mouth. The total length of section included in project is about 8.5 miles

CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICTS: DE-AL

APPROPRIATION / PHASE: Operation & Maintenance, General

BUSINESS PROGRAM: Navigation

LOCATION:  The project is located at Bowers Beach, Sussex County, DE

DESCRIPTION: The existing project was authorized in 1892 (HD 21, 52nd Cong, 1st Session) and modified in 1912 (HD 62-1058) and 1930 (SD 71-106). The project provides for a channel 7 feet deep at mean low water, 60 feet wide in Delaware Bay to mouth, and then 60 feet wide to Frederica, 7.5 miles above mouth. Total length of section included in project is about 8.5 miles. 

STATUS: Since federal funds have not been received in recent years, the channel was last dredged by the State of Delaware in 2014 and material was used beneficially on adjacent beaches (note - factsheet corrected on 3/7/2022)

PROJECT GOALS:  The purpose of this project provides for a channel in Delaware Bay, and Frederica.

PROJECT MANAGER: Monica Chasten