Delaware Bay beaches getting 3,200 truckloads of sand to protect them

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Delaware beaches are getting much needed nourishment to prepare for possible storms and sea level rise sparked by climate change.

According to the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control, small-scale beach nourishment projects are underway at four Delaware Bay communities that include Slaughter, Bowers, Kitts Hummock and Pickering Beach.

The $1.4 million project will add approximately 75,000 tons of sand across all four communities, which will require over 3,200 truckloads.

According to Michael Globetti, media relations manager for DNREC, the goal of these small-scale projects is to mitigate beach and dune erosion that has occurred over time, and was worsened by coastal storms in October.

"Erosion was widespread along the Delaware Bay shoreline following the series of coastal storms in late 2021," Globetti said in a statement. "The current beach nourishment project is focused on reconstructing small dunes in those areas left most vulnerable by those storms."

The projects began earlier this month in Slaughter Beach and will continue through mid-April. DNREC’s team will complete Slaughter Beach, then move to Bowers, then to Kitts Hummock and then to Pickering Beach.

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"Pennsy Supply, Inc. was awarded a contract to supply sand for these projects following a formal public bidding process," Globetti said.

The sand comes from the Tarburton Facility in Kent County owned by the company.

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This article originally appeared on Salisbury Daily Times: Delaware Bay beaches: Replenishment calls for 3,200 truckloads of sand