The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is urging Greenport Village to hire a contractor to dredge Sterling Harbor rather than wait for the Corps or Suffolk County to do so, according to Village Mayor George Hubbard, who said the village will have to find the money for the project. READ
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will meet with village officials this week to explore the possibility of dredging Sterling Harbor, according to Mayor George Hubbard. READ
The mouth of Greenport’s Sterling Harbor is filling up with sand, and local officials say it needs to be dredged, something that hasn’t been done for a long time.
“My understanding in talking to a fair amount of boaters coming out of the creek is that they’re starting to run aground,” Trustee Mary Bess Phillips said at last Thursday’s Village Board work session. “It’s getting shallower and shallower as storms keep coming through.” READ
New York State is preparing to sue the Environmental Protection Agency over its decision to permanently allow dumping of dredged material in the Long Island Sound, according to a press release from Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo, backed by about 30 elected officials, announced on Thursday the state may take legal action against the Environmental Protection Agency to stop a plan to allow dumping in Long Island Sound of materials dug up from dredging. READ
Just before 11 a.m. last Wednesday — two hours before low tide — Goldsmith Inlet was already sealed shut by sand. The winding waterway in Peconic had slowed to a trickle, then vanished into a line of sand blocking the tepid water.
Though heavy fog on Monday afternoon rendered them almost invisible from the road a few hundred feet away, the mechanical clinking of cranes and bulldozers cut through and were clearly audible from Downs Creek. READ
The owner of an esteemed oyster farm in Orient received approval from the town to launch dredging at the mouth of the Oysterponds Creek in a project officials say will improve the quality of the creek’s ecosystem — including its shellfish. READ
A South Ferry boat crossing the Shelter Island Sound at sunset. (Credit: Eleanor P. Labrozzi)
The Suffolk County Legislature voted unanimously to approve funding to dredge the South Ferry channel connecting Shelter Island with North Haven with work expected to be done between October 1 and January.
Work was completed March 27 on the Mattituck Inlet dredging project. (Credit: Carrie Miller)
After more than 15 years of negotiations the dredging of Mattituck Inlet is officially complete, providing area boaters with safe travel and adjacent residents with a newly replenished beach, federal officials said.
Congressman Tim Bishop (D-Southampton), who pushed the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to finance the project, called it a victory, adding that its completion didn’t come without its share of hiccups. (more…)