Charlestown, RI – The Rhode Island Coastal Resources Management Council (CRMC) on Monday announced the completion of dredging and boulder removal at the Charlestown Breachway.
In a press release, CRMC said the project was a result of the after effects of Superstorm Sandy that dumped rocks and boulders from the Breachway into the channel. The work, completed by Patriot Marine, LLC, and Ocean Marina and Specialty Diving Services, Inc. made passage in and out of the channel and Ninigret Pond safe for vessels.
“It was already a bad situation, but Sandy made it dangerously unsafe. Two boats could not pass through safely before this week’s work,” said Danni Goulet, Marine Infrastructure Coordinatioar for CRMC.
According to Goulet, many of the boulders were too large to be deposited back on the break water or removed via barge. They were moved to an area on the west side of the breakwater and placed in approximately eight feet of water, creating additional fishing habitat.
Prior to dredging, areas of the channel were at some points four feet deep or less, and with some of the boulders presenting 3-5 feet of exposed rock in a 6-8 foot deep channel, that left little depth for passing vessels.
Pursuant to the CRMC, the dredging and boulder removal brought the channel depth to a much-safer 6-7 feet.