Dear North Bethany Homeowners,

 

It has recently come to our attention that Beach Cove is once again being threatened. The Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) is requesting approval to discard tons of dredge spoil that may contain toxic materials onto the beautiful marshlands along the southern shore

of Beach Cove and Slough's Gut.

 

You will recall a few years ago, North Bethany neighbors joined together to protect Beach Cove from being severely threatened by a commercial oyster farm initiative. This time DNREC is seeking permits to spray thousands of cubic yards of dredge spoil on the shores of Beach Cove and once again we need to rally to protect Beach Cove.

 

DNREC is in the engineering and permitting phases of a project to dredge White Creek, located just west of Cedar Neck Road in Ocean View. The problem with this initiative is the proposed plan to dispose of the dredge spoil on the marsh shoreline of Beach Cove and Slough's Gut. The dredge spoils and related contaminants would damage the existing marsh and leach into Beach Cove.

 

We need to please show our strong community support once again for protecting Beach Cove and opposition to any permits from DNREC and The Army Corps of Engineers to deposit dredge spoil onto the marsh shoreline of Beach Cove and Slough's Gut.

 

The call to action for Cotton Patch homeowners and each of their family members: 

   1) Please communicate with your neighbors and friends to make sure they are aware of this situation

        and please direct them to:  savebeachcove.com   for more information.  

   2) Please review the attached draft email with Key Points and the below map and

        photos of dredge spoil spewing and please email the 6 political leaders expressing opposition to

        any permits from DNREC and The Army Corps of Engineers to deposit dredge spoil on the beautiful 

        marshlands in the Beach Cove area.

 

 

 PLEASE SEND EMAILS & MAKE CALLS TO:

 

   

 

 Senator Gerald Hocker                                                            Governor John Carney

 gerald.hocker@delaware.gov                                                   john.carney@delaware.gov

 302-744-4144                                                                          302-739-9194

 

 Representative Ronald E. Gray                                                DNREC Secretary Shawn Garvin

 ronald.gray@delaware.gov                                                      shawn.garvin#delaware.gov

 302-744-4171                                                                          302-739-9000

 

 Councilman Doug Hudson                                                       Lt. Gen. Scott A. Spellmon

 doug.hudson@sussexcountyde.gov                                          scott.a.spellmon@usace.army.mil

 302-542-1532

Key Points for emails to oppose DNREC and The Army Corp of Engineers from providing any permits

 that would allow dredge spoil to be dumped along the southern shoreline marshlands of Beach Cove.

 

 

- Aerially spraying thousands of cubic yards of sludge and potential related contaminants onto the

  southern shoreline of Beach Cove and Slough's Gut will damage existing marsh and leach further in

  Beach Cove.

 

- This beautiful area is an important nesting ground for: Diamond Terrapin, Osprey, Heron, Egrets, Tern,

  Horseshoe Crabs, Blue Crabs and many fish. The dredge spoil that may contain toxins and contaminants

  such as PCB's and heavy metals will smother the beautiful marshlands and leach through the entire

  Beach Cove area entering food chains and damaging the health of turtles, fish, osprey, heron, crabs and

  humans.

 

- The use of dredge spoils to "restore" these marshlands is a misnomer and will degrade the existing

  natural marshland environment. This area is thriving and not in need of "restoration".

 

- The proposed project and use of heavy equipment and pipeline in this shallow cove and adjacent

   marshland will have a negative impact on the environment and delicate marine life.

 

- As DNREC has already noted during oyster farming research, Beach Cove/Slough's gut is actively used

  for recreational boating, fishing, crabbing, kayaking and paddle boarding by residents and visitors year

  round. The potential silting in and leaching of dredge material into Beach Cove and Joshia Cove will fill

  in the already shallow Beach Cove and negatively impact navigation.

 

- DNREC has acknowledged when aerial spraying thousands of cubic yards of dredge spoil it is difficult to

  control direction, distance and thickness of the sludge material. Even the attempted 5 inch thick sludge

  layer will crush/kill existing vegetation and smother wildlife and will take years to recover. The dredge

  sludge spraying done on Piney Point Tract, Delaware found great difficulty controlling direction and

  amount of sludge applied. Three years later marine life and grasses in that project are still struggling.

  https://wmap.blogs.delaware.gov/2017/05/24/beneficial-reuse-of-dredge-material-on-a-tidal-marsh/

 

- The convenient disposal of dredge spoil sludge is not a legitimate reason to damage a large thriving

  marshland, marine and birdlife, and much used body of water. We support the effort to recycle dredge

  material specifically for restoring endangered/degraded areas. The Beach Cove shoreline/Slough's Gut

  is NOT a degraded marsh mudflat in need of restoration or elevation lift to promote wildlife. This area

  presently has healthy dense marsh grasses and a thriving marine and wildlife population. 

  

Please let us know if you have any questions, suggestions or if we can be of any assistance.

Thank you for your important help and support of Beach Cove! 

PLEASE SEND EMAILS and CALLS TO:

 

 

Senator Gerald Hocker                                                      Governor John Carney

gerald.hocker@delaware.gov                                                   john.carney@delaware.gov

302-744-4144                                                                              302-739-9194

 

Representative Ronald E. Gray                                       DNREC Secretary Shawn Garvin

ronald.gray@delaware.gov                                                       shawn.garvin#delaware.gov

302-744-4171                                                                              302-739-9000

 

Councilman Doug Hudson                                                Lt. Gen. Scott A. Spellmon

doug.hudson@sussexcountyde.gov                                         scott.a.spellmon@usace.army.mil

302-542-1532

                                                                                                                                                      

 

DRAFT EMAIL BELOW TO SEND:

 

Dear                

 

It has recently come to our attention that Beach Cove is once again being threatened. The Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) is requesting approval to discard tons of dredge spoil that may contain toxic materials onto the beautiful marshlands along the southern shore

of Beach Cove and Slough's Gut.

 

You will recall a few years ago, North Bethany Neighbors joined together with you to protect Beach Cove from being severely threatened by a commercial oyster farm initiative. This time DNREC is seeking permits to spray thousands of cubic yards of dredge spoil on the shores of Beach Cove and once again we need your help to protect Beach Cove.

 

DNREC is in the engineering and exploratory permitting phases of a project to dredge White Creek, located just west of Cedar Neck Road in Ocean View. The problem with this initiative is the proposed plan to dispose of the dredge spoil on the marsh shoreline of Beach Cove and Slough's Gut. The dredge spoils and related contaminants would damage the existing marsh and leach into Beach Cove.

 

We are opposed to any permits from DNREC and The Army Corps of Engineers to deposit dredge spoil onto the beautiful marshland shoreline of Beach Cove and Slough's Gut.

_________________________________________________________________________________

 ***Please use some of the KEY POINTS below in your emails: *****

 

- Aerially spraying thousands of cubic yards of dredge spoil and potential related contaminants onto the

  southern shoreline of Beach Cove and Slough's Gut will damage existing marsh and leach further into

  Beach Cove.

 

- This beautiful area is an important nesting ground for: Diamond Terrapin, Osprey, Heron, Egrets, Tern,

  Horseshoe Crabs, Blue Crabs and many fish. The dredge spoil that may contain toxins and contaminants

  such as PCB's and heavy metals will smother the beautiful marshlands and leach through the entire

  Beach Cove area entering food chains and damaging the health of turtles, fish, osprey, heron, crabs and

  humans.

 

- The use of dredge spoils to "restore" these marshlands is a misnomer and will degrade the existing

  natural marshland environment. This area is thriving and not in need of "restoration".

 

- The proposed project and use of heavy equipment and pipeline in this shallow cove and adjacent

   marshland will have a negative impact on the environment and delicate marine life.

 

 

- As DNREC has already noted during oyster farming research, Beach Cove/Slough's gut is actively used

  for recreational boating, fishing, crabbing, kayaking and paddle boarding by residents and visitors year

  round. The potential silting in and leaching of dredge material into Beach Cove and Joshia Cove will fill

  in the already shallow Beach Cove and negatively impact navigation.

 

- DNREC has acknowledged when aerial spraying thousands of cubic yards of dredge spoil it is difficult to

  control direction, distance and thickness of the sludge material. Even the attempted 5 inch thick sludge

  layer will crush/kill existing vegetation and smother wildlife and will take years to recover. The dredge

  sludge spraying done on Piney Point Tract, Delaware found great difficulty controlling direction and

  amount of sludge applied. Three years later marine life and grasses in that project are still struggling.

  https://wmap.blogs.delaware.gov/2017/05/24/beneficial-reuse-of-dredge-material-on-a-tidal-marsh/

 

- The convenient disposal of dredge spoil sludge is not a legitimate reason to damage a large thriving

  marshland, marine and birdlife, and much used body of water. We support the effort to recycle dredge

  material specifically for restoring endangered/degraded areas. The Beach Cove shoreline/Slough's Gut

  is NOT a degraded marsh mudflat in need of restoration or elevation lift to promote wildlife. This area

  presently has healthy dense marsh grasses and a thriving marine and wildlife population that depend 

  on Beach Cove/Slough's Gut marshlands. 

___________________________________________________________________________________  

 

 

We greatly appreciate your leadership and concern for our environment

Thank you for your important help and support of Beach Cove.

 

 

Sincerely,