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Shoreline Stabilization project wrapping up in Dewey Beach

Delaware Public Media

A shoreline stabilization project in Dewey Beach is wrapping up.

Dewey Beach’s Shoreline Stabilization project began on Veterans Day.

The project is an effort to keep Read Avenue from flooding when Rehoboth Bay rises.


“We’ve been planning this project for several years," said Scott Koenig, Dewey Beach town manager. "And this is an effort to help build resiliency for tidal flooding and some stormwater management in Dewey Beach.”

Koenig says contractor, Brightfield LLC, is expanding the shoreline with rip-rap, planting dune grass and working to build a dune in front of the bay.


“It is intended to minimize certain flooding events," said Koenig. "So the project is fairly extensive in the types of construction measures that are being put it - it includes a new valving system on the stormwater pipe going out into the bay; it also includes the construction of a small dune.”  

Koenig says the $250,000 project is a partnership between the Town, the Center for the Inland Bays and Delaware’s Department of Transportation (DelDOT).

He says grant money is covering the cost, as well as additional flood prevention measures on several other streets throughout the resort.


Koenig notes many side streets in Dewey flood often- especially during high tide.

He adds the Shoreline Stabilization project is not connected to a beach replenishment project along the ocean-side of the resort.


Kelli Steele has over 30 years of experience covering news in Delaware, Baltimore, Winchester, Virginia, Phoenix, Arizona and San Diego, California.