Army Corps seeks to dredge Cape Cod Canal

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The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is a proposing dredging project in Massachusetts’ Cape Cod Canal that they say will make safer conditions in the channel and could possibly move the dredged sand to Town Neck Beach in Sandwich, according to a statement from the Corps.

The dredging would remove approximately 150,000 cubic yards of sand and gravel from the main ship channel and East Mooring Basin portions, according to the statement.

"Shoaling in the East Mooring Basin limits the available space to moor these vessels in emergencies. Further shoaling in the canal proper may result in some of the deep draft vessels having to completely avoid using the canal and transit around Cape Cod, thereby significantly increasing the risk profile of these vessels, especially during the winter months," project manager Michael Riccio told the Cape Cod Times.

The dredging is expected to last three to four months in fall 2015 and early spring 2016, the Corps stated. They are currently conducting a study to see if it is in the federal interest to reuse the dredged sand and gravel to fill in battered Town Neck Beach.