Beach and dune restoration completed on Martha’s Vineyard

Earlier this year, we reported progress on a beach and dune restoration project on Martha’s Vineyard.  A unique and productive public private partnership has evolved since project commencement in 2007, resulting in a regional nourishment project for county, town and private beaches.

Woods Hole Group planned, designed, permitted, and coordinated a multiple stakeholder public private partnership that succeeded in completing a $4M dune and beach restoration project on the eastern side of Martha’s Vineyard at Silvia State Beach, Bend in the Road, and Cow Bay Corporation in the Towns of Edgartown and Oak Bluffs, MA.

The project used a combination of beneficially reused dredge sediments from local navigational projects in Edgartown and Oak Bluffs and barged beach-compatible sand from upland sources to (Phase I) reconstruct the deteriorating frontal dune and (Phase II) nourish the beach along a 3,140 foot shoreline fronting public and private property.  Restoration activities utilized private funding, municipal and commercial equipment and labor, and approximately 100,000 cubic yards of sand to protect property, restore wildlife habitat, and enhance the beach resource along Nantucket Sound.

Construction commenced in October 2009 and was completed in March 2011.  We are currently coordinating Phase III, which includes additional dredging and beach nourishment, with the project stakeholders for commencement this fall.

Silvia State Beach and Bend in the Road are favorite spots for residents and visitors on Martha’s Vineyard and Woods Hole Group is proud to have collaborated with the Towns of Edgartown and Oak Bluffs, Dukes County, and multiple private property owners on this exemplary restoration project.

As we all turn our attention to beaches this summer season, Woods Hole Group invites you to participate in our upcoming New England Beaches Photo Contest.  Stay tuned for more details.

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