- Associated Press - Thursday, June 4, 2015

MILTON, Del. (AP) - Restoration work at Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge is set to begin this month.

The News Journal of Wilmington (https://delonline.us/1KGdhmY) reports it is the first phase of a $38 million plan to make the 10,144-acre refuge along Delaware Bay more resilient to storms and sea level rises. The first step will be to carve out drainage channels that allow the marsh to drain.

Project leader Al Rizzo says the project is expected to last 30 years, even if sea level rises 1.6 feet by mid-century as some projections suggest.

Rizzo says once the marsh drainage work is complete, the second phase, expected to start in October, will be to pump in sand from a shoal just off the shore. The marsh will also be planted with salt-tolerant plants.


Information from: The News Journal of Wilmington, Del., https://www.delawareonline.com

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