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Posted March 12, 2008

Army Corp Schedules Survey in Preparation For Breakwater Work

According to Charles Myers, Harbor of Refuge  project director for the US Army Corps of Engineers, "the wheels are turning" and field work at the breakwater is expected to begin this week.

Numerous studies of the rock wall, the lighthouse foundation, and the surrounding seabed will be conducted, including high resolution side-scan and downward-looking sonar surveys, laser scanning, motion detection, measurements of the elevation at various stations on the breakwater and bathymetry of the bay bottom surrounding the structure.

The Corp expects the various data gathering activities to take about two weeks.  The Corps will then analyze the data, prepare detailed plans for the repairs, and make cost estimates.

Funding for the studies was made available in the Federal budget for 2008 as the result of efforts by Delaware's congressional delegation.

Additional funding will be necessary in the 2009 Federal budget to undertake actual repairs and complete the project.

Delaware Preservation Fund Awards Grant
To Assist in Harbor of Refuge Door Project

The Delaware Preservation Fund has awarded the Delaware River & Bay Lighthouse Foundation an historic preservation grant of $1,500 to help put a new main doorway onto Harbor of Refuge Lighthouse.

The Delaware Preservation Fund is an affiliate of Preservation Delaware Inc., a statewide nonprofit organization dedicated to the preservation of Delaware's architectural heritage and historic settings. The organization is a statewide partner with the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Motivated by the urgent need to protect Delaware's architectural and archaeological heritage, the goals of the organization are pursued through educational programs, public policy initiatives, and preservation projects.

As part of these efforts, the preservation fund was established to assist local organizations   in the protection of Delaware's irreplaceable historic resources. The purpose of the grants is to facilitate, stimulate, and incubate projects to renovate, stabilize, or plan for the protection of architecturally significant structures.

DPI grants are funded by ongoing support from the Longwood Foundation and the State of Delaware.

This is the first time that the DRBLHF has applied for a grant from the Delaware Preservation Fund.  "But there was an absolute match between our door project and the intended purposes of the Fund," according to DRBLHF President Judith Roales.  The Fund's guidelines call for grants to be used for emergency stabilization, window and door rehabilitation, and protection of threatened buildings from entry and the elements, among other tasks.

The grant to the Foundation is in the form of a promise to reimburse expenses up to the amount of the award once work on the door is actually completed and proof is submitted to the Fund.  Work must be completed during 2008.

"That means we have a serious amount of fundraising left to do," Roales said, "and considerable planning and arrangements for the fabrication of the door and its installation."

To make your donation to this much-needed project, send a check to DRBLHF at P. O. Box 708, Lewes, DE 19971.

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