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Harbormaster Reminders

Posted on: April 25, 2023

Inlet Shoaling: Green Pond & Great Pond



Please be advised the department is aware of problem shoaling at the Green Pond and Great Pond Inlets.

Green Pond Inlet: The area between the jetties on the west side of the channel. The shoal begins halfway into the inlet and ends at the northern end of the west jetty.

Great Pond Inlet: Two shoals have formed. The first is located at the south end of the inlet entrance. The larger shoal is directly Infront of the bridge opening and it impacts most of the entrance channel.

We have ordered a formal survey of the existing condition by the county which will provide MLW approximate depths. However, spring dredging is not anticipated. The town applied to the Army Corp. of Engineers for renewal of our 10-year comprehensive dredge permit in May of 2022. That permit is still pending at the federal level. All other required local and state permits have been received as of this date. We cannot dredge without the federal permit and a TOY waiver.

Even if the ACOE’s issues their permit in May, dredging is not allowed from January 15th to June 30th annually to protect winter flounder. Also, beach renourishment is further restricted from taking place from April 1st to August 31st to protect nesting shorebirds.

Vessels transiting the areas should use caution and pay particular attention to the shoals. We recommend boaters take advantage of the higher tide cycle whenever possible.

Additional information will be posted online when available.

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