CRMC announces comment period for Winnapaug Pond dredging project

CRMC announces comment period for Winnapaug Pond dredging project

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WESTERLY — The state Coastal Resources Management Council and the state Department of Environmental Management are both accepting comments on a proposal to dredge a portion of Winnapaug Pond this winter.

The two agencies issued a joint public notice of the project on Friday. The notice sets a comment period that ends on Dec. 22. Those who would like a hearing on the project must respond to the council and DEM by that date. Those who object to the proposal are asked to review the project application and plans thoroughly and cite what laws would be violated by the work.

If a hearing is scheduled, those wishing to protest the project are required to attend the scheduled hearing and give sworn testimony. Notice of the time and place of such hearing will be furnished to objectors as soon as possible after receipt of requests for hearings, according to CRMC and DEM.

The project requires issuance of an assent by CRMC and a dredge permit and water-quality certification from DEM.

The town’s application calls for a two-phase project to remove 70,000 cubic yards of sediment that was deposited by Superstorm Sandy in 2012. The first phase, which would occur this winter, is to remove 20,000 cubic yards of sand and deposit it on Westerly Town Beach and Wuskeneau Beach. The second phase, which has not yet been scheduled or funded, is to restore and elevate adjacent marshes to restore degraded marshes and make them resilient to sea-level rise.

On Monday, the Town Council authorized Town Manager Derrik M. Kennedy to execute a $971,400 contract with  J.F. Brennan Co. of Braintree, Mass., to conduct the dredge and beach replenishment. The dredging aspect of the project must be completed by Jan. 31, the end of the state’s seasonal dredge window.

To contact the CRMC about applications to object (via email or emailed letter) or submit a general comment, send an email to and reference the file number or name in the subject line. The CRMC file number for the dredge project is 2017-11-024.

DEM can be contacted by mail at DEM, Office of Technical and Customer Assistance, 235 Promenade St., Providence, R.I., 02908, or by phone at 401-222-6822.


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