Delaware Bay Beaches in the News
Date Posted: Friday, January 27th, 2023
Federal, state and local dignitaries as well as members of the public were in attendance to hear about the passage of the Water Resources Development Act of 2022 (WRDA 22) this morning.
U.S. Senator Tom Carper, Chairman of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, is the main author of WRDA 2022, which delivers important investments to Delaware’s economy, environment and quality of life.
The bill, pushed by Senators Tom Carper and Chris Coons as well as U.S. House Representative Lisa Blunt Rochester was announced at Bowers Beach to reflect how important it is to the lowest-lying state in the U.S. and how most beach communities could not survive without federal investment.
The new law allows the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to move forward on critical infrastructure in the First State following hurricanes in addition to fast-tracking development of all waterway and construction/protection projects.
“We have seen some devastating effects from storms and while Delaware’s Department of Natural Resources and Environment (DNREC) has always been supportive and generous to our small communities, it’s good to know they will now have the ability to work with a federal partner increasing their financial, technical and physical resources” said Bob Wood, Mayor of Slaughter Beach.
Press Release by Senator Carper can be seen here: https://www.carper.senate.gov/newsroom/press-releases/carper-blunt-rochester-lead-delawareans-in-celebrating-passage-of-critical-shoreline-protection-and-water-infrastructure-law/
Story by the Cape Gazette can been seen here: https://www.capegazette.com/article/federal-legislation-protects-shorelines-improves-waterways/252925
The Bay Beach Association also in the news
Story by the Cape Gazette can be seen here: https://www.capegazette.com/article/association-voice-bayshore-beaches-towns/252634
Editorial by the Cape Gazette about the Bay Beach Association and the Bayshore can be found here: https://www.capegazette.com/article/alliance-legislation-good-news-bayshore-region/253126