Plymouth: County Launches Dredging Operation

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In Plymouth, County Commissioners approve a dredge rental agreement and memorandum of understanding with Chatham for operation of their dredge at their meeting on Thursday.

The County has owned their dredge for a few years and it’s been largely inoperative, but the dredging operation has finally begun, according to County Administrator Frank Basler:

“We’ve actually had some success recently with the Town of Harwich, working on Wychmere Harbor—our dredging project last June. And from that success Chatham is looking to lease the dredge from the County for three to four weeks of work in outermost harbor in Chatham.”

The County dredge was purchased with grant money, and Basler says towns contracting for use of the dredge are charged a minimum fee:

“It’s a below market fee. It’s fourteen hundred dollars per week and that allows the towns to save money on the project. They can also use their DPW drivers that are certified operators to use their equipment, saving them even more money.”

The money received from the towns is placed in a revolving fund…

“…that’s utilized for future dredge projects. That money then gets reinvested into the dredge program so that the County can continue to add services to those towns that need dredge machine equipment.”

About Bobbi Clark

Bobbi Clark is a Plymouth area reporter at WATD. She began her career in radio as a producer at a news/talk radio station in Chicago. From there she went to WMAQ-TV, the NBC owned and operated television station in Chicago, As a producer there, she won 5 Emmy Awards for production of special programming. Bobbi is a graduate of Emerson College, with a degree in Writing, Publishing and Literature.