Mattituck Inlet Dredging comes to an end, according to The Suffolk Times.
This project addressed the erosion of the beach to the east of the inlet and the excess build-up of sand to the west of the inlet.
Also included was dredging at the entrance to Mattituck Inlet to about 15 feet below mean low tide, deeper than originally planned.
Studies have shown that the jetties, which are part of Mattituck Inlet, have interrupted the natural movement of sand eastward.
To provide relief for this, a total of roughly 100,000 cubic yards of sand has been placed east of the inlet for beach replenishment purposes.
“It is much-needed replenishment to an area that has seen significant erosion and that residents have been seeking for quite some time. I would like to thank the Army Corps of Engineers, particularly Colonel Owen and his staff, for their continued efforts to ensure this project remains on track,” said U.S. Congressman Tim Bishop, a major supporter for this project, in a recent press release.
The completion of this $2.2 million worth, federally funded project, which had originally been scheduled for 2011, will boost the region‘s economic growth and provide relief for the Mattituck residents who have voiced their fears over coastal erosion.
“It’s done a lot of good for the beach,” said Doris McGreevy, a homeowner on the east side of the Mattituck Inlet.
Dredging Today Staff, April 4, 2014