Menemsha Creek Project
These are two amazing local projects affecting the boating community; the work to dredge the length of the creek and addressing the damage to Lobsterville Beach both are both well planned and funded and it looks a start date is October 2015.
Here is an excerpt from a recent article in the MV Times written by Nelson Sigelman. To read the entire article please click the link below:
Following a one-year delay, the Army Corps signed off on a $2.2 million plan to deepen and widen the sand-clogged channel into Menemsha Pond.
One of the largest Martha’s Vineyard navigational projects in recent years is about to start in October, when work begins to dredge the length of the Menemsha Creek channel from the Vineyard Sound entrance into Menemsha Pond. The work is intended to provide a safe passage into the pond anchorage, designated a harbor of refuge.
One offshoot of the work will be approximately 60,000 cubic yards of sandy sediment, which will be pumped to replenish sand lost to erosion and storm damage along Lobsterville Beach in Aquinnah.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Work last week announced it had awarded a $2,170,798 contract to J-Way Southern Inc., of Avon, Ohio, to complete the dredging work. Work on the federal navigation project (FNP) is scheduled to start on or about Oct.1, and take about 12 weeks to complete.
The work was scheduled to begin in October 2014, but delays in securing the necessary state and federal permits pushed the project back one year.
Money for the project comes from a $50 billion relief bill for areas damaged by Hurricane Sandy.
The sandy dredge material will be pumped via pipeline to Lobsterville Beach in Aquinnah, about 1.5 miles by water route to the west of the federal navigation project, the Army Corps said. The six-foot anchorage requiring maintenance dredging is approximately 1.5 acres in size.
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