Community meeting to be held for Mattituck Inlet study

Southold Town will hold a community meeting Thursday, Aug. 23, to discuss the ongoing U.S. Army Corps of Engineers study of the Mattituck Inlet jetties’ impacts on the waterway and nearby beaches.

The study was called for by Section 111 of the 1968 federal River and Harbor Act, which requires the Corps to mitigate shoreline damage caused by its projects. The Corps installed the original jetties on each side of the waterway where it meets Long Island Sound in 1906, and later extended them farther out into the Sound.

The meeting, set for 6 p.m. at Mattituck-Laurel Library, was organized by Supervisor Scott Russell, who said in a release that officials will give an update on the study’s progress, outstanding issues regarding the inlet and community input.

The Army Corps had planned to widen and dredge the seven-foot-deep channel to 11 feet in the winter of 2011, but the $3.2 million project fell victim to federal budget cuts.

The Corps had also planned to move 10,000 cubic yards of sand from the inlet’s west side trapped by the western jetty to the east side of the inlet, which has been starved for sand and eroding.

For more information on the meeting, call the supervisor’s office at 765-1889.

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