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Aerial Photos: Dredge Starts Work At Shinnecock Inlet

A quarter of a million cubic yards are being transported to Tiana and beaches west of the Shinnecock Inlet; another 113,000 proposed.

Nearly a quarter of a million cubic yards of sand are being transported to the Hampton Bays shoreline, replenishing the beaches west of the Shinnecock Inlet and around Tiana Bay after they were heavily damaged in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, as well as last year's Tropical Storm Irene.

According to Rep. Tim Bishop, the work started last Friday by the Illinois-based Great Lakes Dredge, which was previously stationed at Cupsogue Beach, filling .

The company was originally scheduled to start the Shinnecock Inlet Dredge in early November., but was sent to Cupsogue first to fill in the enlarging breach.

Funding with a bid in the amount of $3.87 million.

Officials, however, hope to keep the dredge in place to move an additional 113,000 cubic yards for erosion mitigation. Costs associated with the extra work have not been made immediately clear.

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smlawin December 10, 2012 at 03:20 PM
Question - why is it that the dredged sand is only being made available to replenish Town beaches? The extensive erosion west of the Shinnecock inlet is as a result of the Army Corps improper building of the groins many years back. Private owners on Dune Road should be given access to the dredged sand so that the dunes are properly fortified against future storms. Spending ~$4mm to only partially restore the damaged dunes and leave the barrier island open to future breaches in many locations is ludicrous.

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