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Beach replenishment is a lost cause

November 29, 2012

Read this important article including its references to:
"SurgingSeas.org/report of March 14, 2012. Then, zero in on Climate
Central's report: "Sea level rise and storm surge threats for
Delaware," including its maps and statistics for Delaware areas less
than one to 10 feet above the local high tide line for every coastal
town, city and county - via "SurgingSeas.org/states/DE.

Then publish - subject to citing the source - its findings and predictions on the cities and towns from New Castle, Wilmington, Bethany Beach, Long Neck, Bowers, South Bethany, Fenwick Island, Lewes, Rising Sun-Lebanon to Delaware City...and the county most affected - Sussex !

See also the accompanying coastal map for Delaware of the predicted
land areas to be lost in the future - "not if, but only when?"
In the context of ever-rising sea levels for our coastal areas, where
is the prudence and lasting value of our state and federal governments
continuing to spend millions in the proven insecurity of beach
replenishment?

How much longer can our Congressional representatives be expected, in
good conscience, to resort to "pork" in the name of beach
replenishment from a deficit-ridden federal government - simply to
pump more off-shore bottom sand on shore - only to have it washed back
out to sea in the next series near certain coastal storms?

As DNREC
itself admitted last March, the question of the next '62 storm - or
another Sandy is not if, but when - it will surely occur.
Beach replenishment has proven to be a lost cause.

Henry R. Horsey
Rehoboth Beach

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