Which waterways will be dredged this season? It’s a question asked at this time each year as the town and county work together to develop a dredging schedule.
Dredging becomes necessary as shifting sands and beach materials carried in the water build up in creeks and ponds, affecting water quality and the navigability of waterways.
“It is important from an environmental perspective that there is sufficient flushing,” said Southold Town Trustee Dave Bergen.
The dredging season runs Oct. 1 to Jan. 15. Dredging in “critical fish habitat areas” will be complete by Dec. 15.
Gull Pond was the only waterway on the town’s dredging list that did not receive county approval, Mr. Bergen said.
The following are waterways that will be dredged this season.
Provides access to Hashamomuck Pond, Albertson Marina and Port of Egypt. Removed materials will be placed on the nearby barrier island.
Provides access to East Creek and Mudd Creek in Cutchogue Harbor and is designated by the DEC as a critical fish habitat area. Materials will be placed east of the entrance.
Deep Hole Creek
Used by recreational vessels. Materials will be placed east of the entrance.
Provides access to Hog Neck Bay and is designated by the DEC as a critical fish habitat area. Material will be placed west of the end of Indian Neck Lane.
Used by recreational vessels and provides access to Peconic Bay. Materials will be placed east of the creek.
Has marinas for recreational and commercial use and provides access to Southold Bay. Materials will be placed west of Southold Yacht Club.
Home to Cornell Cooperative Research Center and provides access to Little Peconic Bay. Materials will be placed to the east of the creek.
Designated by the DEC as a critical fish habitat area, is used for recreational vessels and provides access to Little Peconic Bay. Materials will be placed east of the creek.