Massey’s Ditch Is Scheduled to Be Dredged, Public Comment Is Encouraged

    Massey’s Ditch is scheduled to be dredged.  It will require a two mile long pipe to take the slurry or sand, to the northside beach.  Sources in DNREC have told me it will be used to build up the sand bars in front of the beaches since it is the correct grain size. This dredging is desperately needed, as well as several other areas of the inland bays that need to be dredged. The boat in the above picture was stuck a few years ago, this has been an on going problem that gets worse each year.

Fishing Pier, Masseys Landing, delaware, sussex county
Fishing Pier at Massey’s Landing and the ditch in the background

Press Release DNREC ….. DNREC’s Shoreline & Waterway Management Section to hold informational meeting Sept. 17 in Bethany on Massey’s Ditch maintenance dredging project 

DOVER (Aug. 23, 2018) – DNREC’s Shoreline & Waterway Management Section within the Division of Watershed Stewardship will hold an informational open house Monday, Sept. 17 to discuss the upcoming Massey’s Ditch maintenance dredging project. The public meeting will be held from 6 – 7:30 p.m. at the South Coastal Library, 43 Kent Avenue, Bethany Beach, DE 19930.

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Topics for discussion will be current shoaling issues at Massey’s Ditch and the need for maintenance dredging; the beneficial reuse of the dredged material for beach nourishment on the north side of Indian River Inlet, and a general overview of sediment management in the Indian River Inlet system. Interested parties are encouraged to attend the open house to share ideas and comments on the maintenance dredging project, as well as to ask questions of DNREC’s Shoreline & Waterway Management Section staff about these important topics.

The Massey’s Ditch maintenance dredging project is anticipated to start in late fall or early winter.

For more information, please call the Division of Watershed Stewardship, 302-739-9921.

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