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Marina Dredging at Fire Island was successfully completed with an Ellicott dredge

Watch Hill Marina Dredging Completed

Fire Island National Seashore’s Watch Hill marina is now open following successful completion of the maintenance dredging program.

Watch-Hill-Marina-Dredging-CompletedThe dredging completed in the Watch Hill channel will provide safe passage for ferries, emergency services, and private boaters for many summers to come” said Fire Island National Seashore Facility Manager James Dunphy.

Portions of the navigation channel to Watch Hill – accessible by passenger ferry, private boat, and foot only – were dredged this past winter to maintain safe, public access to marina and docking facilities.

More than 29,000 cubic yards of material were removed from the channel despite winter weather delays. The dredge project, funded by Hurricane Sandy appropriations, began in December 2014 and was stalled until mid-March due to severe winter weather and extensive ice in the Great South Bay.

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation granted a permit extension to H&L Contracting in January 2015 to extend the operation past the initial January 15, 2015 deadline and work was completed on March 31, 2015.

Source Dredging Today

Fire Island Dredging Resumes

H&L Contracting resumed dredging operations at Watch Hill on Fire Island this week, according to the National Park Service.

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The dredge being used for this project is an Ellicott 1170 Dragon® dredge. The project, aimed at maintaining safe, public access to marina and docking facilities impacted by Hurricane Sandy, was stalled in early January due to severe winter weather and extensive ice in the Great South Bay.

Dredging efforts will be focused on restoring the Watch Hill navigation channel and will be ongoing through March 31. Due to weather delays, portions of the project can no longer be completed during the dredging window and may be completed from October, 2015 to January, 2016.

The dredging project began in December, 2014 and was halted January 8, 2015 as a result of icing in the Great South Bay.

The $2.9 million project, funded through Hurricane Sandy relief aid, was designed to restore Sailors Haven and Watch Hill navigation channels to a width of 100 feet and depth of six feet at mean low tide.

Source: DredgingToday