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Restoring habitat at Assateague Island and replenishing Ocean City's beaches are two priorities in a Senate appropriations bill directing nearly $20 million into the Eastern Shore that passed Friday.

Restoring habitat at the northern end of Assateague Island is the focus of a restoration project of about $2 million.

Additionally, Ocean City's beaches will receive $200,000 for the periodic nourishment and maintenance of the beach that is done to help prevent coastal flooding and natural erosion.

Other planned projects include:

v $2 million to increase the oyster population in the Chesapeake Bay. The habitat will be restored by creating new reefs and then planting healthy oysters on them.

v $800,000 to dredge the upper part of the Wicomico River, a major throughway that runs through the Delmarva Peninsula.

v $140,000 to begin designing a dredging project for the Twitch Cove and Big Thorofare, which serves the communities of Smith Island in Somerset County.

v $120,000 to begin designing a dredging project for Goose Creek, an important waterway to seafood packing and commercial fishing vessels. Senate appropriations bill directing nearly $20 million into the Eastern Shore that passed Friday.

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How does this effect surf fishing? :dontknow:

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