Local agencies protect the Murderkill River, but the water isn’t deep enough for the rescue boats to go out at all times of day. Local and state leaders are coming together for a solution.
Mayor Ada Puzzo says the Murderkill River hasn’t been dredged in about a decade. She says at low tide the channel is as shallow as a foot and a half deep. A dredge arrived about a week ago so that DNREC could begin an emergency dredging project.
The River cuts through Bowers and South Bowers. Despite it's name, local fire rescue boats and the Coast Guard Auxiliary use this channel as an outlet to protect the waterways. Mayor Puzzo calls it the bloodline of the town.
"Without this we die," Puzzo says. "It would just kill us not to have this."