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Temporary Markers
Installed in Bays
Inland Bays ...

PVC Pipe Will Identify
Shallow Parts of Channel

A safe navigation channel around the southwest side of Burton's Island and through Massey's Ditch into Rehoboth Bay is being identified with temporary markers this week to assist boaters.

On Tuesday, May 22, 2001, Division of Soil and Water Conservation employees from the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control installed 11 sections of PVC pipe at locations designated by the U.S. Coast Guard.

The Coast Guard used a survey performed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers last week that identified an adequate channel.

According to Robert Henry, Shoreline and Waterway Management Section manager for the Division of Soil and Water, the Corps' survey showed that parts of the identified channel were too shallow for buoys to be used safely, and the temporary markers are being installed as alternatives to buoys to delineate the shallower portions of the channel.

Day markers are being attached to the pipes in the channel today by the Coast Guard.

On Thursday, May 24, the Division of Soil and Water plans to install four 40-foot long wood piles under direction of the Coast Guard. These piles will be lighted and will mark the juncture of the Indian River channel with the Massey's Ditch channel; the North entrance to Massey's Ditch; a turning point in the Rehoboth Bay channel; and the southern entrance to the Lewes and Rehoboth Canal.

Last week the Division installed plastic pipe and mounted signs warning of the danger of submerged jetties at the southern Lewes and Rehoboth Canal entrance.

The Corps has agreed to reprogram funds so that they can perform needed dredging of the federal channels in the Burton Island/Massey's Ditch area.

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