U.S. Representative Bill Keating earlier this week joined Marshfield Harbormaster Mike Dimeo, Senator Patrick O’Connor and Marshfield Selectman Michael Bradley aboard USACE’s dredger Currituck as it performed maintenance dredging in Green Harbor’s federal channel.
“As we watched the ship and crew in action, Col. Christopher Barron, Commander of the New England District of USACE, explained the process of removing the huge amounts of silted in material from the harbor and moving it offshore so that it can nourish nearby beaches through natural wave action,” said Representative Keating in its announcement.
“The Currituck, in conjunction with excavators on land, are hard at work to ensure that the channel is navigable at all times.”
The current condition of the channel prevents boats from entering or exiting the harbor during certain weather conditions and tidal phases. This creates a safety issue for fishermen and boaters who must determine whether it is safe to enter and exit the harbor, and fishermen staying put out of an abundance of caution creates an economic issue for a port that lands millions of dollars of seafood annually, said the announcement.
An estimated 30,000 cubic yards of sediment have been removed since this year’s dredging project began.