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USACE seeks comments on proposed work in Popponesset Bay Approach Channel in Mashpee

Published March 1, 2023
Updated: March 1, 2023

CONCORD, Mass. – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New England District received a permit
application to conduct work in waters of the United States from the Town of Mashpee for proposed
work in the approach channel to Popponesset Bay and Vineyard Sound in Mashpee, Mass.

The proposed work involves hydraulically dredging approximately 45,900 cubic yards (CY) of sandy
material from shoaled areas totaling 7.6 acres within the Popponesset Bay Approach Channel. The
Town proposes to deepen the existing channel and add a 600-foot-long by 150-foot-wide sediment
catch basin on the northwestern side of the channel.

The majority of the dredged material will be placed below the mean low water line along the
seaward side of the Popponesset Spit. Placement areas will include areas of coastal beach above
high tide line on Popponesset Spit and subtidal habitat in Vineyard Sound on the seaward side of
Popponesset Spit. The applicant plans to place an additional 27,800 cubic yards below the mean
low water line. This additional material would be composed of clean sand from upland sources that
would be compatible with the sand in the receiving subtidal area.

USACE is soliciting comments from members of the public; federal, state and local agencies;
American Indian Tribes; and other interested parties to consider and evaluate the impacts of this
proposed activity. The public notice with more detailed information is available for review on the
District website at https://www.nae.usace.army.mil/Missions/PublicNotices, file # NAE-2022-00075.
Public comments on this proposed work should be forwarded no later than March 28, 2023, to the
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New England District, Attn: Charles Farris, Regulatory Division, 696
Virginia Road, Concord, MA 01742 or by email to charles.n.farris@usace.army.mil. Please
reference file # NAE-2022-00075.

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Bryan Purtell

Release no. 23-005