Plan released for 2006 Delaware Bay oil spill restoration

    Federal and state agencies, including Delaware’s Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC), have received settlement funds to restore about 40 miles of shoreline, sensitive animal habitats and recreational areas affected by an oil spill from the Bermuda Islander container vessel in April 2006. 

    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the state of Delaware have reviewed proposals have agreed to fund three restoration projects.

    Marsh restoration of the Fitzgerald Property near the mouth of the Mispillion River.
    Restoration of a Mispillion Harbor (Swain’s) Beach.
    Educational signage and/or kiosks along the Delaware Bay beaches informing the public about the ecology and importance of horseshoe crabs and the area as a migratory shorebird stopover.

    A draft of the Bermuda Islander Restoration Plan/Environmental Assessment is available on the DNREC website, where the public is encouraged to make comments until March 7, 2013.

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