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USACE seeks comments on proposed work in Popponesset Bay Approach Channel in Mashpee

Posted on March 6, 2023

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New England District received a permit application to conduct work in waters of the United States from the Town of Mashpee for proposed work in the approach channel to Popponesset Bay and Vineyard Sound in Mashpee, Mass.

The proposed work involves hydraulically dredging approximately 45,900 cubic yards (CY) of sandy material from shoaled areas totaling 7.6 acres within the Popponesset Bay Approach Channel. The Town proposes to deepen the existing channel and add a 600-foot-long by 150-foot-wide sediment catch basin on the northwestern side of the channel.

The majority of the dredged material will be placed below the mean low water line along the seaward side of the Popponesset Spit. Placement areas will include areas of coastal beach above high tide line on Popponesset Spit and subtidal habitat in Vineyard Sound on the seaward side of Popponesset Spit. The applicant plans to place an additional 27,800 cubic yards below the mean low water line. This additional material would be composed of clean sand from upland sources that would be compatible with the sand in the receiving subtidal area.

USACE is soliciting comments from members of the public; federal, state and local agencies; American Indian Tribes; and other interested parties to consider and evaluate the impacts of this proposed activity. The public notice with more detailed information is available for review on the District website at, file # NAE-2022-00075. Public comments on this proposed work should be forwarded no later than March 28, 2023, to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New England District, Attn: Charles Farris, Regulatory Division, 696 Virginia Road, Concord, MA 01742 or by email to Please reference file # NAE-2022-00075.


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