Topics: Dredging

CHATHAM – When Ken Cirillo took over the Barnstable County dredge program as its director in August 2020, he was tasked with one major assignment: stabilize the program. It was a lofty task given the challenges the program had faced in recent years, most notably dealing with equipment issues that continuously plagued the county’s two dredges. “The goal this year was to stabilize and rebuild confidence,” Cir...

Harwich Channel Dredging Draws Interest For Excess Sand

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — Cape Cod is a sand deposit, and for some shorefront property owners, sand is also a worthy investment, particularly in the age of climate change. That was evident when the town of Harwich opened bids this week for the purchase of sand to be recovered from two dredge projects. Within the week the county dredge will start removing sand from Allen Harbor channel, then on to Saquatucket Harbor channel, c...

ORLEANS — There was some confusion of terms last week as the Eastham and Orleans select boards talked over their arrangements regarding the proposed dredging of Nauset Estuary. Was the draft document memorializing those thoughts a memorandum of agreement or a memorandum of understanding? “Understanding” came a lot closer to capturing the situation. At the Eastham board’s May 3 meeting, its vice chair Aimee Eck...

CHATHAM — Th e plan was for the county dredge to move the sand from the Stage Harbor entrance channel to a feeder beach west of Cockle Cove, where it would slowly drift east, nourishing beaches along the way. But thanks to a looming deadline related to piping plovers, that plan is being modified a bit. Updating the select board last week, Health and Natural Resources Director Robert Duncanson said the d...

ORLEANS — Steering a ship of skeptics and advocates of the town buying its own dredge, dredge advisory committee chairman Charlie Carlson kept an even keel Monday during discussion of a financial model prepared by Woods Hole Group. Members punched holes in the draft model and each other’s arguments in a process that will lead to a recommendation to the select board and, if it passes that hurdle, a future town ...

ORLEANS — Eastham and Orleans continue to struggle to find common ground on how to dredge the clogged-up Nauset Estuary. When it met July 23, the Nauset Estuary Dredging Stakeholder Group found agreement over the area to dredge but not the width of the new channel. “I was under the impression that we kind of sorted this out,” Eastham member and commercial fisherman Jonathan Granlund said, noting previous dis...

ORLEANS — The Nauset Estuary Stakeholder Group will meet via Zoom tonight (July 9) at 5 to hear some good news regarding the long-sought and oft-delayed effort to dredge the estuary and restore its utility for commercial and recreational boaters. The likely presence of red tide cysts in some of the material to be dredged presented concerns about their possible spread when the materials were relocated. A pilo...

At Stage Harbor, Town Pays A Premium For Dredging

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM — A private dredging company is now clearing the Stage Harbor entrance channel, continuing the work started by the Army Corps of Engineers' dredge Currituck in January. In light of severe shoaling, the work was essential to keep the channel open for this summer's boating traffic, but the job is costing significantly more than it would have if the Barnstable County dredge had been available. Texas-bas...

CHATHAM — Ambitious dredging operations, each with their own special challenges, are now underway at two key waterways. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers dredge Currituck is currently clearing the bottleneck in the Stage Harbor entrance channel, and about a mile-and-a-half away, a private dredge is clearing a channel to Outermost Harbor. At Stage Harbor, crews are clearing away substantial shoaling at the harbo...

ORLEANS — Recent studies of sediment types and shellfish resources, and preliminary consultations with regulatory agencies, have not dredged up any issues that would stall efforts to improve navigation in Nauset Estuary, a stakeholder group learned Monday. Woods Hole Group senior coastal geologist Leslie Fields said core samples identified areas that were primarily sandy, which would mean dredged materials c...

CHATHAM — With shoaling at the entrance to Stage Harbor now at a critical level, the federal government is sending in the cavalry, or more precisely, the Army Corps of Engineers. The hopper dredge Currituck is expected to begin work around the second week in December. “Conditions have deteriorated substantially over the last few months, and from what I gather, even more so in the last few weeks after the serie...

CHATHAM — The owners of Outermost Harbor Marine are hoping that a special long-reach excavator owned by Plymouth County might be the best tool for dredging the entrance to Outermost Harbor. The excavator, used last year to clear portions of Allen Harbor and Wychmere Harbor in Harwich, is expected to be needed for around seven days’ work, the marina’s attorney William Riley told selectmen this week. Plymouth Co...

ConCom Approves Withdrawal Of North Cut Dredge Plan

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM — Without discussion, the conservation voted unanimously last week to accept the town’s request to withdraw plans to dredge in Chatham Harbor near the North Cut. At least for now, that move hasn’t ended a waterfront property owner’s suit against the town. On Sept. 4, about a week after the town issued a press release announcing that it had withdrawn the North Cut area from its dredging plans for the ...

CHATHAM — When it comes to controlling shorefront erosion and maintaining navigation, Chatham Harbor poses some problems. The solution, or at least part of it, might be found on Tern Island. On Wednesday, the state announced that Chatham has received more than $50,000 from the office of Coastal Zone Management to support a study of the island. Officials want to know whether adding sand to the island from nea...

EASTHAM — Representatives of Orleans, Eastham, and Cape Cod National Seashore parsed a draft memorandum of understanding Sept. 9 at Eastham Town Hall and found ways to move forward on improving navigation and public safety in Nauset Estuary. Orleans, which is paying for a battery of environmental studies of the estuary, wants to see environmental questions related to dredging resolved and a multi-jurisdictio...

Marina Petitions For Help Keeping Harbor Open

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM — At low tide, the depth of the entrance channel to Outermost Harbor is measured in inches, not feet. That’s good news for beachgoers who like to wade across without getting their knees wet, but it spells big trouble for Outermost Harbor Marine, whose customers can find their boats stuck at the dock until high tide. The owners of the marina have started an online petition seeking the town’s support...