Contact: Michael Globetti, DNREC Public Affairs, 302-739-9902
Little River dredging project video airs on DNREC’s YouTube Channel
LITTLE CREEK (Sept. 1, 2015) – A DNREC dredging project on the Little River to improve navigation and boater access, and enhance wildlife habitat through beneficial use of dredged material is featured in a new video on the DNREC YouTube Channel. The $1.01 million state-funded project – a collaborative effort between DNREC’s Divisions of Watershed Stewardship and Fish & Wildlife – began last month and includes dredging 79,000 cubic yards of material from the Little River channel, along with the removal of 30 dilapidated pilings and a derelict vessel from the waterway near Little Creek.
Dredging by the Division of Watershed Stewardship also aims to help stimulate the local economy, while supporting public safety with better boater access and improved navigation at low tides in the Little River. The channel is approximately 12,400 feet long and will be dredged to widths of 40 feet in the river portion and 60 feet in the Delaware Bay portion, to a depth of 5 feet at average low tide. The Little River was last dredged by the state in 1981-1982.
The DNREC YouTube Channel video also delves into the secondary benefit of the project: beneficial use of dredged material to restore and enhance waterbird habitat within the nearby Division of Fish & Wildlife Little Creek Wildlife Area impoundment. Dredged material will increase bottom elevations within the impoundment, promoting waterfowl and shorebird diverse habitat and food resources, thus offsetting sinking marsh elevations that have resulted in excessive open water habitat.
This project is part of DNREC’s Delaware Bayshore Initiative, a landscape approach to restore and protect fish and wildlife habitat, increase volunteer participation in habitat stewardship projects, enhance low-impact outdoor recreation and ecotourism opportunities, and promote associated environmentally compatible economic development. For more information, please click Delaware Bayshore.
Vol. 45, No. 287