Two Dredges Are Now Working

dredging on Fire IslandQuin Robertson reported that Friday, February 6, saw 44 degrees with partly cloudy skies and choppy seas but good production, with fill operations approaching Marine Walk in Saltaire. (For photographs of the progress at Saltaire, use the links page on this website to connect to Saltaire Village or the SCAA; click on Beach Project Photos.)A total of 180,000 cubic yards of sand, based on bin estimate , had been placed in Fair Harbor and Saltaire through Saturday.

Sunday produced sunny skies and smooth seas.  Production, delayed at 4 p.m. on Saturday due to a break in the link between the dredge and submerged line, resumed at 10 a.m.  Fill operations continued near Marine Walk and on previously filled sections in the area. Regarding re-filled areas, lost sand is replaced by the contractor until after formal dredge surveys can attest that he has filled the template to the design specifications. A total of 190,000 cubic yards based on bin estimate had been placed in Fair Harbor and Saltaire through Sunday.

The second dredge and a second survey crew were in operation on Monday, February 9. The photograph nearby shows the B.E. Lindholm (left) attached to the submerged line and pumping sand while the fully loaded R.N. Weeks (right) waits its turn.