Menemsha Dredging Proposal Meets with Mixed Reaction A meeting called to discuss long-range management for the Menemsha Pond system [on Martha’s Vineyard] took a surprise turn when a spokesman for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers appeared to take an early measure of public opinion on a new plan to dredge the Menemsha channel.

Ed O’Donnell, New England chief of navigation for the Army Corps, said a recent survey determined that dredging is needed to ease navigation in and out of Menemsha Harbor, where some areas are as shallow as 2’ or 3’. He said the Army Corps estimates approximately 50,000 cubic yards of material needs to be dredged at a cost of “at least a few million dollars.”

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