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Army Corps Plans More Dredging in Little Narragansett Bay

Posted on September 15, 2015

The public has until Sept. 24 to request a public hearing on the U.S. Army Corps of Engineersplan to dredge up to 2,600 cubic yards of hard-packed sand and 750 to 1,000 cubic yards of rock and cobble from the entrance channel to Little Narragansett Bay.

The work, which would begin in October and take about three weeks, is the second part of a dredging project in the bay and lower Pawcatuck River undertaken by the corps last November and December.

The dredge site is at the northwest end of Sandy Point in Fishers Island Sound.

The hard-packed sand and rocks could not be removed at that time, the Army Corps said in a news release, and are still limiting the depth of the navigation channel.

The sand would be brought to an area off Misquamicut State Beach in Westerly to nourish the beach, and the rock will be placed about 5,000 feet west and 1,000 feet seaward of the sand disposal site.

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