Wellfleet Officials Urge Dredging

WELLFLEET –Wellfleet town officials are urging residents to encourage the Army Corps of Engineers to dredge Wellfleet Harbor, saying the inaccessibility to and from the waterway is a hazard to navigation and impedes search and rescue missions.

They are asking residents to write letters to their congressional representatives in support of the project. A sample letter is included in a notice being sent to residents outlining the need for dredging, saying the built up sediment is a major problem for recreation, commerce and safety and is also a hazard to the ecology in the area by harming shellfish beds.

The letter concludes with a request for funding for the work, it also includes the addresses for Senators Ed Markey and Elizabeth Warren, Congressman Bill Keating and Mick Mulvaney, the Director of the federal Office of Management and Budget.

Funding for next year’s budget for the Corps of Engineers is expected to be finalized next month.

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