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Barnstable County Dredge "The Codfish"

Source: Greater Kashmir by Arif Shafi Wani

In 1993 Barnstable County conducted a needs assessment and cost beneit analysis of operating a municipal dredge program on behalf of the towns. his report documented that a County operated maintenancedredging program would be both beneicial to the towns and cost efective to operate.

The County and its legislative delegation approached the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Management (DEM) and requested inancial assistance in the form of a $1 million capital grant for the purchase of a dredge and ancillary equipment. Prior to this grant, the state was responsible for funding 75% of the cost of municipal dredge projects and the town was responsible for the remaining 25%. However, funding constraints at the state level meant that much of the dredge work was not completed on a timely basis or was never accomplished. As stipulated in the grant Agreement, the provision of a capital grant replaces the state funding for municipal dredge projects here on the Cape.

The Barnstable County Dredge Advisory Committee was established in October of 1994. he Committee has representation from all of the Cape towns, except Brewster, which has no navigable harbors, DEM and County staff. The Advisory Committee is responsible for developing the dredge schedule and recommending the dredge rate each iscal year.

Completed Dredge Projects

To date the County has dredged 1,071,091 cubic yards of material from the waterways in 14 Cape and Island towns. Barnstable County dredged these waterways at a rate approximately 65% below the market rate. The cost per cubic yard to dredge this material was $7.00 per cubic yard. he average market rate for dredge services is over $16.00 per cubic yard.

If there were no Barnstable County dredge program, it would have cost the tax payers an additional $943,038 to complete the dredge projects that the County has completed on behalf of the towns on the Cape and Islands in FY 2010. This amount is based on the state paying 75% of the cost of town dredge projects at $16.00 per cubic yard.

The following projects were completed this iscal year totaling 104,782 cubic yards of material:

Barnstable – Cotuit Harbor
Dennis – Swan Pond and Sesuit Harbor
Chatham – Mill Creek
Harwich- Allen, Saquatucket and Wychmere Harbors
Mashpee – Little River and Popponesset Bay
Truro - Pamet River
Yarmouth - Englewood Marina and Parkers River
Falmouth – Green and Great Ponds

In addition to a reduced rate for dredging services, the County conducts before and ater dredge surveys at a savings of approximately $6,000 per project to the towns. hese surveys are invaluable records in the event of a major hurricane for submission to the Federal Emergency Management Agency as documentation of storm damage.

Fiscal Status

The operating budget for FY 2010 was $635,817. As of July 1, 2010, the dredge enterprise account has a reserve fund balance of $520,000. he purpose of the reserve fund balance is to establish a fund to replace the dredge.

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Barnstable County Dredge Program, Barnstable, Massachusetts

barnstable ma dredgeIn 1993, Barnstable County conducted a needs assessment and cost benefit analysis of operating a municipal dredge program on behalf of the towns. This report documented that a County operated maintenance-dredging program would be both beneficial to the towns and cost effective to operate.

The County and its legislative delegation approached the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Management (DEM) and requested financial assistance in the form of a $1 million capital grant for the purchase of a dredge and ancillary equipment. Prior to this grant, the state was responsible for funding 75% of the cost of municipal dredge projects and the town was responsible for the remaining 25%. However, funding constraints at the state level meant that much of the dredge work was not completed on a timely basis or was never accomplished. As stipulated in the grant Agreement, the provision of a capital grant replaces the state funding for municipal dredge projects here on the Cape.

barnstable ma dredgerThe Barnstable County Dredge Advisory Committee was established in October of 1994. The Committee has representation from all of the Cape towns, except Brewster, which has no navigable harbors, DEM and County staff. The Advisory Committee is responsible for developing the dredge schedule and recommending the dredge rate each fiscal year.

The Barnstable County Dredge Codfish provides dredging service to towns at approximately 70% below the market rate. The dredged material has been used to successfully renourish many of the Cape's beaches, while at the same time allowing ease of navigation in several harbors and riverways.

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