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Little Bay Dredging To Begin In Bourne In December

Looking through the trees at the bay from the Little Bay Conservation Area trails. GENE M. MARCHAND/ENTERPRISE

Posted November 17, 2020

Dredging operations in Bourne are expected to begin in the next several weeks. Town officials said dredging of Little Bay should begin in early December.

Bourne Town Administrator Anthony E. Schiavi told the Bourne Board of Selectmen Wednesday last week, November 4, that the town switched dates for dredging with the Town of Yarmouth. Mr. Schiavi added that the town was having a little of trouble finding a company that will haul away the spoils of the dredging.

“We just issued an invitation for bid for that,” he said. “We should get the responses back before the end of the month and expect that our dredging project will begin in December.”

Bourne Department of Natural Resources Director Christopher M. Southwood said 2008 was the last time a portion of Little Bay was dredged. Mr. Southwood said the town was on target to dredge the bay from late October to mid-November before making the swap with Yarmouth.

“At this time, we anticipate an early-December start date that will take approximately three weeks to complete,” he said. “These dates may be affected by weather, mechanical issues, etcetera.”

Mr. Southwood said he anticipates the project to cost approximately $400,000. That includes the dredging fee of $13 per cubic yard of the spoils, mobilization/demobilization fees and contractor costs.

The Little Bay dredge project will cover from the outside of the Pocasset River through the channel to inside Tobys Island. A dewatering basin for the spoils will be established at Monument Beach to the right of the administrative building as one faces the water. Project plans show three stockpile areas that have been designated for the dewatered spoils.

The boat ramp at Monument Beach should be open while dredging is underway, Mr. Southwood said, but the parking lot will have limited spaces available. That is because a majority of the lot will be taken up by the marina floats and docks, which will be removed from the water, he said.

Source: capenews