Expiration date: 4/21/2022
The applicant, Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control, Division of Watershed Stewardship, has applied for a Department of the Army permit to conduct 20,400 linear feet of hydraulic dredging of White Creek, Assawoman Canal in Bethany Beach, Sussex County, Delaware. The hydraulic dredging is expected to remove approximately 70,000 cubic yards of accumulated sediment. The applicant has proposed to transport the accumulated sediment south along the Assawoman Canal to the Muddy Neck Marsh Complex within the Assawoman Wildlife Area, placing that sediment in the marsh to restore the wetland complex. The purpose of the project is to improve navigability in White Creek and Assawoman Canal and restore an area of highly degraded coastal salt marsh using dredged material, thereby providing enhanced resiliency to coastal wetlands from the continued effects of sea level rise and other environmental stressors. Public comments are requested by April 21, 2022.