• St. Jones Reserve Emergency Repair

  • In 2013, Delmarva Power determined that a critical transmission line structure was leaning too close to a parallel transmission line. The structure was within the St. Jones Reserve, on the shore of the St. Jones River in Kent County, Delaware, and adjacent to state vegetation research plots. Delmarva Power worked with the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) and the St. Jones Estuarine Reserve to exercise care for the sensitive environment where the structure was located while addressing reliability concerns. Studies showed that the bank of the river had shifted more than 30 feet since the pole was installed and that the strength of the pole was compromised. Repairing the structure could have significantly affected the reserve. Environmental planners for Delmarva Power met with DNREC to discuss the urgency of repairing the structure and to develop a management plan that would minimize the environmental impact. After DNREC granted a permit waiver for the emergency maintenance, Delmarva Power worked with the St. Jones Reserve to combine pertinent geographic information system data to make sure the project would not affect sensitive areas. Measures to reduce impact on the tidal wetland included accessing the structure by boat.