Final amendments to Delaware's Regulations Governing Beach Protection and the Use of Beaches will go into effect Aug. 11.

Final amendments to Delaware’s Regulations Governing Beach Protection and the Use of Beaches will go into effect Aug. 11.

The amendments will implement legislative changes to the state’s Beach Preservation Act and clarify and codify the process for construction to help preserve the state’s fragile dune and beach system.

The amendments, pursuant to 7DE Admin. Code §5102, were approved July 15 in an order signed by Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control Secretary David Small, and will be submitted to the State of Delaware’s Register of Regulations for publication Aug. 1.

Delaware’s Beach Preservation Act was passed in 1972 as the General Assembly recognized that Delaware’s beaches were rapidly deteriorating due to a combination of natural processes and continuing encroachment. DNREC was charged to enhance, preserve and protect the public and private beaches of the state and to mitigate beach erosion and minimize storm damage.

Current Regulations Governing Beach Protection and the Use of Beaches were adopted in 1983. Since then, several amendments have been made to Delaware’s Beach Preservation Act that had not yet been incorporated into the regulations, along with several procedures used over the years to guide DNREC’s mission as stated in both the Beach Preservation Act and the state regulations for beach protection and use.

To view the amended regulations, visit 1.usa.gov/1VyantF.