Woods Hole Group planned, designed and permitted a beach nourishment project on Martha’s Vineyard that spans beaches at Bend in the Road, Silvia State Beach, and sections of private property, including Cow Bay, in the Towns of Edgartown and Oak Bluffs, MA. The project is on the eastern side of the Island, protecting property, restoring wildlife habitat, and enhancing the beach resource along Nantucket Sound.
This creative project utilizes clean, beach-compatible sand from various sources, including local navigation channels in Sengenkontacket Pond and sand barged from an upland source. The project is ongoing, and is expected to be completed in February 2011. When finished, nearly 100,000 cubic yards of sand will be placed along approximately 3,000 feet of public and private beach.
The project would not have been possible without the cooperation and support of a strong public-private partnership, including the Towns of Edgartown and Oak Bluffs, Dukes County, and multiple private property owners. Environmental review was completed by local, state, and federal agencies, including the Edgartown and Oak Bluffs Conservation Commissions, MA Environmental Protection Unit, MA Department of Environmental Protection, MA Coastal Zone Management Office, and the US Army Corps of Engineers. Construction is being completed by a team that includes John Keene Construction, R.M. Packer Company, Cape Cod Aggregates, and the Edgartown Municipal Dredge.
Woods Hole Group is pleased to see the benefits realized from this multi-year program, and will be involved in future regional beach nourishment programs to protect valuable infrastructure and wildlife habitat threatened by ongoing coastal erosion.