Delaware River and Bay

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - A bill opening Delaware's environmentally protected coastal zone to new heavy industry is facing a final vote in the General Assembly.

The bill, which easily cleared the House last week, is scheduled for a Senate vote Thursday.

The legislation, supported by Democratic Gov. John Carney, establishes a permitting process for new use of 14 existing industry sites, including abandoned and polluted brownfields.

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BROADKILL BEACH, Del. (AP) - Delaware's Broadkill Beach is poised to see a major replenishment of sand to repair storm damage, but all 38 property owners in the area must sign off on it.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that property owners must all sign easements to allow the work to take place and give the public access to the beach.

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Officials with the Partnership for the Delaware Estuary say the health of the Delaware River estuary is improving.

The group released a report Thursday on the tidal Delaware River and Bay, as well as the land draining to them through waterways like the Christina River in coastal Delaware, southern New Jersey and southeastern Pennsylvania.

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Officials with the Partnership for the Delaware Estuary are releasing an update on the health of the Delaware River estuary.

The report to be released Thursday is a scientific assessment of the tidal Delaware River and Bay, as well as the land draining to them through waterways like the Christina River in coastal Delaware, southern New Jersey and southeastern Pennsylvania. 

The partnership last published its "State of the Estuary Report" in 2008.