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Rommended Plan (Bmj Portion) COUNTY DELAW The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is proposing to deepen the channel in Delaware River and Bay from 40 to 45 feet. Dredge spoils would be used for beach replenishment and would create artificial wetlands. Dredging Continued from page 1 but there is no dispute that it is one of the best trout fishing areas in Delaware Bay. Only a fraction of the dredged material will be placed in the area, but the fishermen worry that the sand will suffocate any bottom or benthic life, destroy habitat and ruin a marvelous fishing area. The group, which has perhaps 3,000 active members, has asked for a public hearing to be held on the prolsed dredging plan. John Hughes, director of the Depart- ment of Natural Resources and Environmental Control's (DNREC's) Division of Soil and Water Conservation, said his de- pmlment has also asked for a pub- lic hearing to be held. Hughes said he would like to make people more aware of the project, which has a price tag of approximately $300 million. The project is primarily being funded by the Army Corps of En- gineers with most of the cost be- ing borne by the federal govern- ment. It's a long-term project which was approved in 1992 by Congress. Benefits, according to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers are: a fresh supply of dredged material that can be used for wetlands restoration and beach replenish- ment, reduced risk of oil spills due to less off-loading or lightering of ships, improved climate for eco- nomic growth and safer naviga- tion. The channel would be deepened from Philadelphia south to the mouth of the Delaware Bay and will take four years to do. It calls for 65 percent federal funding with the other third paid by a local sponsor, (a requirement) the Delaware River Port Authority. A letter from Surf Fishermen President Ken Dodd calling for a public hearing, said that "these particular locations are of primary concern to commercial and recre- ational fishermen." Dodd goes on to note that water level in some areas would be re- duced by an estimated depth of five feet because of the sand de- posits, which he worries will suf- focate and smother any life in the area. 'lese 'coral beds' serve as a primary spawning, nursery and feeding area,for both finfish and shellfish populations. It is difficult to rationalize that these particular high quality primary fishing and crabbing locations for commercial and recreational fisherman will be threatened and possibly be elimi- nated." But DNREC officials say any environmental problems at the coral beds are likely to be short- lived. Hughes notes that there could be major environmental benefits, including the use of major amounts of sand to be used to re- plenish beaches, the stabilization by adding dredged rock to Pea Patch Island, an eroding area known for it heron rookery, and the stabilization of Kelly Island. Kelly Island suffers from an enormous rate of erosion and the use of the dredge fill or spoil should help bring that under con- trol. "We are losing 30 feet of prime salt marsh[yearly]," Hugh- es said of the Kelly Island. No dates have been set for pub- lic hearings. CAPE , )3riday, ApriL25, :May 1,1997.  17 ore Forward to our Future. Present a Positive Message. ! EXPIgES MAY 7th SPECIAL OF THE MONTH The first 12 customers to buy any furniture for a sunroom, garden room, porch or patt, Get 4 Shorebirds tick- ets at Ie//me of pup chose. SPRING TRAINING SPECIAL Bringyour sunroom, garden- room, porch or patio into sprtagtime this season at Besche Fumlture. Now through May 7th this once-a-year special spotlights the best known brand names (LA-Z-BOY, CRAFTMASTER. COSNR). For Free Soulhern Sussex Hospitality Besche RB'OJre Is convenlem located on RT. .9 between Georgetown and Lewes, west of RT. 30. Bmclm FwldCu presents a complete com- plement of home (and office) furntshlnss for any size P,iet. Besdm Purt'glure _. where newcomers to the area, budget conscious shoppers, com- munlty builders and homemakers have all been ytk.d eve.year since IP6S. 10am. - 6p.m. 12 - Sp.m. (302) 856-6365 LJN THE COMFORT ZONm ', Have the Cape Gazette delivered to your door. Call 69S-7700 to subscribe.