WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Legislation containing nearly $3 million worth of shore protection projects is on its way to the White House for final approval from the president, according to Senator William V. Roth, Jr. (R-Del.).
The Energy and Water Development Appropriations Act for FY 2000 includes $1.078 million for the Delaware Bay and Atlantic coast, including projects in Sussex County's resort communities.
If President Clinton signs the bill, $753,000 will go toward replenishment projects in Rehoboth Beach, Dewey Beach, Bethany Beach and South Bethany, Roth said. An additional $325,000 will be used for projects in Roosevelt Inlet and Lewes Beach, Broadkill Beach, and Port Mahon.
Another $1.5 million has been slated to battle erosion on Pea Patch Island in the Delaware River. That project includes restoration of the island's sea wall.
"This year's violent hurricane season has only increased the need for the vital projects that protect our coastal areas," Roth said. "I urge the President to sign this bill into law."
Roth said he also led a Senate effort to secure additional funding for renewable energy programs in the U.S. Department of Energy's budget.
Money will go to research and development programs in the areas of solar, wind, biomass and geothermal energies.
"I have long supported renewable energy technologies," Roth said. "They represent our best hope for reducing air pollution, creating jobs and decreasing our reliance on imported oil and finite supplies of fossil fuels.
"This funding will help continue the research being done at the University of Delaware. Likewise, it will aid product development and job creation at the nation's major solar energy manufacturer, Astro Power, in Newark."
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