Why Is That Crane Off Rehoboth Beach


Crane on barge digging the Rehoboth outfall pipe trench

The work on the Rehoboth outfall project began not long ago, and that crane off the shore is digging the trench to set the pipe.  Now if I wanted to do some fishing I would probably want to get “downstream” of this digging during an outgoing tide.  Last year when the sand dredger was digging sand for the Rehoboth beach replenishment, a lot of striped bass hit that area for two solid days due to it stirring up a lot of food.   Just an idea for anyone looking for migratory striped bass in Delaware this weekend.  Otherwise as you all know I am not a fan of this project.   There is an appeal going to the courts by the Surfrider foundation and MERR.  At this point I honestly think trying to fight this anymore is just a waste of energy,but I applaud their efforts.  Seriously, the ball is in play and they aren’t going to stop.  Hopefully this does not cause any issues to our fishery, but we will have to wait and see.  The crane is operating twenty four hours a day.

Work tug helping with supplies and workers

OCEAN OUTFALL SCHEDULE: (city of Rehoboth Website)

“Horizontal directional drilling at Deauville Beach will continue through mid-January. For the next six to eight weeks, residents may hear the sound of generators and drilling equipment in the form of a steady hum from work at Deauville Beach. Pipe fusing is continuing on barges located in the Broadkill River. Dredging of the open-cut trench will be completed at the ocean outfall location east of Deauville Beach this weekend. Trench pipe installation is anticipated to begin mid-December. “

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“The force main contractor working hours are Monday through Friday from 7:30 am to 6 pm. The ocean outfall contractor working hours are 6 am-6 pm at Deauville Beach, however, the contractor has been approved to work on Sundays to meet its deadline. Marine work is 24/7.”

Deauville beach parking lot is closed to the public since it is the staging area for all of this work. It will be closed until March of 2018.  The project is scheduled to be completed by April 2018.

Fish On!

Rich King

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Crane on barge digging the Rehoboth outfall pipe trench

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