January 29, 2013, two dredges, no waiting!

We may have stopped the flounder from spawning but this week the dredge Samson spawned a smaller dredge “The Codfish” owned by Barnstable County to work on the mooring field. Captain Steve and his crew have started pumping mud from the mooring field up into the dyke built at Pleasant Road Beach where it will de-water and eventually be mixed with the sand from the dyke and hauled off to the town landfill.

The big dredge Samson has completed 42 scow loads and has approximately 25 left to go to complete the project. It is now working in our main dock area and the bulkhead where we launch boats. During the next couple of weeks they expect to move into the area of our middle dock and then on to our gas dock area. Once completed a survey will be done to determine any high spots which would them be removed. Then our dock system can be floated back from up the creek and put back into place with the pilings being driven in by the Robert B. Our Company. The Yacht Club slips and pilings are back in place and that phase of the job is nearly complete.

Next comes a new twist. Do you believe video surveillance of possible Winter Flounder swimming in the harbor? Underwater cameras and Marine Biologist divers will be used for this purpose, to monitor any Flounder that may try to sneak in past the netting. Maybe we can get some video on the Nightly News of the possible encroachment of Winter Flounder. Stay tuned!

Captain Ted of the dredge Samson tells us that most likely we will not see a third scow as negotiations to buy/purchase a scow have collapsed, but progress is continuing with two scows leaving Allen Harbor en route to the dumping ground today. The weather has not cooperated as the temperatures have been in the teens or lower with ice on the harbor and high winds, but the project continues on by a dedicated crew.

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