Shoaling of Merrimack Concerns Officials
May 14, 2012
Newburyport News is reporting that the mouth of the Merrimack River has seen above-average shoaling over the winter.
“I am urging boaters to travel in and out at high tide,” Harbormaster Paul Hogg was quoted as saying. “I’ve met with some of the commercial fishermen, and they have reported on how shallow it is. It’s my understanding that the Army Corps of Engineers will be here, perhaps in June or July, to look into the situation.”
The mouth of the river was dredged to a depth of 12’ to 15’ less than 2 years ago at a cost $5.1 million. The dredging created a channel through the sandbar at the end of the jetties, known as “The Bar,” but now some parts of the river mouth appear to be about 7’ deep at low tide.