Chilmark Officials Fight Menemsha Harbor Dredging

Menemsha Channel Dredging Delayed a Year
A fishing boat enters Menemsha Harbor. Photo/New England Boating, Tom Richardson.

Vineyard Gazette: In the latest battle over an Army Corps of Engineers project to dredge Menemsha Channel, the Chilmark selectmen have refused to allow dredging in Menemsha Harbor for the 2015–2016 season. Most of the harbor, along with 2 jetties that were rebuilt this year, have been federal projects since the 1930s, and the area including Menemsha Pond to the south is a harbor of refuge for ships.

The dredging of the channel and an area in the pond are expected to begin this year, despite opposition by town officials, who argue it will disrupt shellfish and encourage larger boats to enter the harbor.

Read more about the ongoing battle to dredge Menemsha Pond.