Beachfront math: Could a $40M marsh restoration project save 183 homes?
MILTON, Del. -- More than 180 homes sit squeezed on a spit of land between the Delaware Bay and what was until 2008 Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge's main freshwater marsh. Today, the marsh is an expansive, brackish pond. A series of storms, culminating in last year's Superstorm Sandy, punched breaches through the dunes protecting its freshwater vegetation, destroying 4,000 acres of habitat -- and the flood protection it provided the private Prime Hook Beach community.