CHAPTER 625

FORMERLY HOUSE JOINT RESOLUTION

NO. 11

RELATING TO THE DREDGING OF THE CHANNEL LEADING FROM DELAWARE BAY INTO MURDERKILL RIVER AT BOWERS BEACH, DELAWARE.

WHEREAS, the present shallow depth of water in the channel leading from Delaware Bay into Murderkill River at Bowers Beach, at low tide, is hazardous to navigation for boaters; and

WHEREAS, Bowers Beach, Delaware, is classified by the State as the largest public boating resort for fishermen, sportsmen and boaters in Delaware due to the number of boat ramps, the vast parking areas and being close to the large centers of population; and

WHEREAS, the ebb and flow of the tide refills the channel so rapidly that frequent and costly dredging is required. A more permanent solution must be used and

WHEREAS, one large boat running aground can cause a hazardous situation which will put several hundred fishermen at the mercy of wind and wave when a sudden storm strikes; and

WHEREAS, at the present time there is no protection for homes and property against beach erosion.

NOW, THEREFORE,

BE IT RESOLVED that the members of the House of Representatives of the 126th General Assembly of the State of Delaware, the Senate joining therein, request the Army Corps of Engineers to redredge the channel from the Delaware Bay into Murderkill River at Bowers Beach, Delaware, to a safe depth and to construct protective jetties in this locale.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that copies of this Resolution be sent to the Honorable J. Caleb Boggs, the Honorable William V. Roth, Jr., and the Honorable Pierre S. duPont, IV, and to the Army Corps of Engineers of the United States of America.

Approved June 2, 1971.