11978 Turkle Pond Rd
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Northeast Region
For immediate release: August 11, 2011
For further information: Michael Stroeh, refuge manager, 302/653-9345
Dune Restoration Work Delayed Until September 12
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has agreed to delay a dune repair project located partially on Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge until the week of September 12, 2011.
On November 8, 2010, Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER) and the Delaware Audubon Society filed a complaint in federal court seeking an injunction to prohibit the project that will reconstruct berms and dunes in Unit 2 of Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge. This case challenges the decision by the United States Fish and Wildlife Service to allow the State of Delaware, Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control, to conduct interim measures to stabilize erosion along a coastal barrier island.
The delay is to allow more time for a thorough review of the case and to allow more time for a ruling. The Service agreed to delay until the week of September 12, which is the next time that a tide cycle conducive to conducting the work will occur.
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