USA: Menemsha Creek Dredging Plan Unveiled

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New England District, is proposing maintenance dredging of the Menemsha Creek Federal Navigation Project (FNP) in Chilmark and Aquinnah, Massachusetts.

The proposed work involves urgently needed maintenance dredging to remove various shoals in the channel and anchorage basin of the Federal navigation project. Shoaling in these areas was made significantly worse as a result of Hurricane Sandy and subsequent nor’easter storms. The shoaling is creating hazardous conditions for commercial fishermen and boaters.

The existing FNP consists of an entrance channel 10 feet deep relative to Mean Lower Low Water (MLLW), 80 feet wide and 700 feet long, extending between two jetties (part of the FNP) at the northern entrance to Menemsha Creek; an 8-foot deep (MLLW) channel, 80 feet wide and 1.2 miles long, extending south from the number 4 red channel marker to deep water in Menemsha Pond; and an anchorage basin, situated in the northeastern portion of the creek, that is 10 feet deep (MLLW) in the northern section and 6 feet deep (MLLW) in the southern section.

“The proposed work consists of maintenance dredging of about 62,000 cubic yards of sediments from the shoaled areas in the channel and anchorage area,” said Project Manager Craig Martin, of the Corps’ New England District, Programs/Project Management Division in Concord, Massachusetts.Sandy dredged material will be placed on Lobsterville Beach, located to the west of the Federal navigation project, in a beneficial manner to reduce erosion impacts to an arterial road that provides access to several homes and a state boat ramp.

Work will be performed over a two to three month period, between October 1 and January 31, in the year in which funds become available.

Press Release, June 12, 2014

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