We made tremendous progress this winter!
Save Popponesset Bay continued to work with the Town of Mashpee, Mass Audubon and various agencies to add considerable amounts of sand to the Popponesset Spit over the past few months.
The combination of trucked sand and dredged sand from the channel leading from Popponesset Bay to Nantucket Sound resulted in over 16,000 cubic yards of new sand deposited on the spit, building up the dunes and beach and preparing the channels for summer recreational boat traffic.
But there were moments…
The trucking and grading of 7,000 cubic yards of sand on the Spit in January and February went smoothly. However, high winds delayed significantly the transport of the barges and pipe. And at the deadline to complete the work by April 1, the Barnstable County dredge was still en route from Truro to Popponesset Bay.
The Town of Mashpee contracts the County Dredge for this work. Ken Bates, from the Town of Mashpee’s Waterway Commission, obtained an extension beyond the original April 1 deadline for the dredging of the Approach channel (Bay to Sound). Obtaining these extensions requires significant communication and signoffs from many agencies. Big thanks to Ken for making it all happen!
Once the work got underway during the week of April 18th, (phew!) a total of about 9,000 cubic yards were removed from the channel leading to Nantucket Sound and placed strategically to fill in low areas and to build the beach in front of the dune on the Spit. We worked with our coastal engineers, Woods Hole Group, to coordinate the work on the channels and simultaneously strengthen the barrier beach. It all works together in our ecosystem.
SPB provided extra funding to the Town of Mashpee again this year to complement the Town’s budget to remove the additional sediment from the channel.