Bishop expected to attend Mattituck Inlet meeting tonight

SAMANTHA BRIX FILE PHOTO | Congressman Tim Bishop is expected to attend Mattituck Inlet meeting tonight.

The long-languishing plan to dredge Mattituck Inlet will again take center stage during a meeting to be hosted by Supervisor Scott Russell in the basement meeting room of Mattituck-Laurel Library at 6 p.m. tonight.

The inlet was to be dredged last winter by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, but the funding was pulled during federal budget cuts last year.

Congressman Tim Bishop is expected to attend the meeting, which will focus on the status of the dredging and the long-awaited Section 111 Study now under way by the Army Corps of Engineers.

The Corps is required to prepare a Section 111 Study to examine the environmental impacts — which may include localized beach erosion — of its decision to install the jetties in Mattituck more than a century ago.

The inlet is currently so shallow at low tide that boat owners don’t even attempt to navigate the channel for fear of running aground.

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