Dredging project wraps up

The tugboat MV Aegean Sea has left the harbor. As promised, all the dredging work slated for this fall in Old Harbor has been completed. Harbormaster Kate McConville told the Harbors Committee at their Zoom meeting on Dec. 10 that the water around the old bait dock was now 17 feet deep. Pictures from before the work was performed show that the bait dock had been thoroughly filled in by the build-up of sand.
The dredging of the bait dock allowed the barge and tug to move closer into the harbor to dredge the town dock.
The Harbors Committee didn’t have a quorum, so no formal meeting took place, but those members in attendance took the opportunity to get an update on the Harbor Management Plan from Kevin Cute, of the R.I. Coastal Resources Management Council, who had phoned in as a guest.
A revised Harbor Management Plan was sent to the CRMC in late winter of 2020, just before Covid-19 closed offices all over the state. As staff transitioned to working from home, Cute said the Harbors Management Plan “got buried.” He has now reviewed what was sent and was currently cross referencing it with “a checklist
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