Resilient Community Project Overview for Rehoboth Beach

March 4th, 2019

In June 2018, the City of Rehoboth Beach took the lead on submitting a letter of interest to the Delaware Coastal Programs Office for the Resilient Communities Partnership Grant. The program leverages federal funding provided by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to help Delaware communities improve their planning and preparation capabilities for responding to coastal hazards. The City of New Castle and Slaughter Beach have received grant funding through this partnership in the past. The City of Rehoboth Beach was successful in receiving the grant and will receive technical assistance in the amount of roughly $75,000. The partnership has two main deliverables; 1) To provide a summary of mitigation options (best management practices) that will increase stormwater infiltration and reduce impervious surface coverage and, 2) Develop model ordinances for each Municipality in the partnership to control impervious surface coverage. The partnership is made up of the City of Lewes, Town of Henlopen Acres, City of Rehoboth Beach, Town of Dewey Beach, Town of Bethany Beach, Town of South Bethany, and the Town of Fenwick Island. The Municipalities have brought on two consultants, AECOM and KCI to assist with this partnership. Monthly updates on the partnership are provided to the Association of Coastal Towns (ACT).

A project overview was presented at the Commissioners Workshop Meeting March 4 by the Resilient Community Partnership:

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