Contact: Joanna Wilson, DNREC Public Affairs, 302-739-9902
Hearns Pond dam and boat ramp now closed for up
to a year while replacement structures are built
SEAFORD (June 21, 2016) – The Hearns Pond dam and boat ramp, located north of Seaford, are now closed and will remain closed for up to one year while a replacement dam and ramp are built, DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife, which operates and maintains the state-owned facility, announced today.
Hearns Pond dam was overtopped and seriously damaged during storms on Aug. 11, 2001 and June 25, 2006, draining the pond and causing serious downstream flooding damage. DNREC funded a study to evaluate the condition and potential hazards of the dam and has worked with DelDOT to develop a replacement plan to bring the dam into compliance with Delaware’s Dam Safety Regulations. Replacing and upgrading the dam will also help ensure the long-term availability of the pond as a popular fishing site.
Access to the Hearns Pond boat ramp, parking lot and dam will be closed during construction. Water levels in the pond will be maintained and an historic mill at the site will be protected while the replacement dam and boat ramp are built.
Boaters who regularly use Hearns Pond may opt to use Concord Pond, located approximately 3.5 miles southeast near Seaford, or Craigs Pond, located approximately 5 miles southwest near Seaford.
For more information, please call the Fisheries Section at 302-739-9914.
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Vol. 46, No. 225