Maritime School Calls for Dredging of Duxbury Harbor, Channel

Duxbury Harbor and the approach channel is in desperate need of dredging. Photo/New England Boating, Tom Richardson.
Duxbury Harbor and the approach channel is in desperate need of dredging. Photo/New England Boating, Tom Richardson.

 The Duxbury Bay Maritime School (DBMS) has sent an email to Duxbury boaters asking them to petition their local officials, state politicians and the Army Corps of Engineers to dredge Duxbury Harbor and the approach channel from Cape Cod Bay, citing potentially dangerous conditions.

“Both Duxbury Harbor and its approach channel have significantly filled in as the result of coastal storms and natural shoaling over the years,” the email states. “In 2010 the Army Corps of Engineers issued a Public Notice stating that a volume of 135,000 cubic yards was required to be removed to restore the project to its authorized dimensions, at an estimated cost of $3.5 million.”

The email goes on to point out that in 2011, a Corps of Engineers survey revealed that approximately one-half of the harbor had less than 5’ of water at mean low water (MLW), and that parts of the harbor were already at or above MLW. The survey also showed that the channel had lost between one-fourth and one-third of its authorized width along almost the entire length.

Duxbury Bay was last dredged in 1997 using federal funds; no work has been performed since. DBMS is in the process of completing permitting requirements for the Corps; however, they have been told that no funds are available.

For more information on Duxbury Bay check our Boater’s Guide.