Vineyard’s Sengekontacket Pond to Be Dredged This Winter
October 5, 2010
The Martha’s Vineyard Times reports that Oak Bluffs and Edgartown have agreed in principle on a price for the use of the latter’s town-owned dredge to deepen parts of Sengekontacket Pond. The cost of the project is $1.2 million, more than twice the amount voters authorized for the job.
Town officials expect to finance the difference with the sale of sand dredged from the pond, which Oak Bluffs shares with Edgartown.
The project, which was delayed more than a year due to permitting issues, will involve dredging the channel between Little Bridge and Big Bridge, the only openings to Nantucket Sound. Town officials and local shellfishermen hope that deepening the channel will increase tidal circulation and address water-quality problems, among them high levels of fecal coliform bacteria, that have closed the pond to shellfishing in recent summers. According one study, the high amount of bacteria is being caused by waterfowl, namely a large colony of cormorants that nests on an island in the pond.