Dredging Today: Swampscott, Massachusetts, town administrator Andrew Maylor recently asked members of the Harbor Advisory Committee whether Swampscott Harbor needs maintenance dredging.
“We have to answer the question of whether the harbor needs to be dredged,” Maylor said. “An application (for a state grant) was filed on an assumption made by the harbormaster and Harbor Advisory Committee.”
Maylor said he doesn’t want to ask taxpayers to pay $95,000 — in addition to the $475,000 state grant the town has already been approved for — until he’s sure the work needs to be done.
Selectman David Van Dam said the harbor was dredged in the 1950s and again in the 1990s. He added that there is a big sandbar in the harbor off Lincoln House Point and the harbor is filling it to the left of the pier. He added the harbor has filled in so much over the years that there are very few places to moor boats more than 25 feet long.
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