The dredging of the channel into Silver Eel Cove was completed as of December 1st. Approximately 2500 cubic yards of clean sand material have been removed.
Dredging was last performed here in 1992 and has been overdue. Many thanks go to our Suffolk County Legislator Al Krupski who was introduced to this project in 2019 and shepherded this project through the County approval process. The team at the Division of Waterways, Suffolk County Department of Public Works put the project out to bid and awarded a contract with H&L Contracting out of Hauppauge, NY. H&L has worked for six nights so as not to affect our normal ferry schedule. By day employees of the Ferry District, utilizing a front end loader and backhoe, moved the material from the dredged stockpile to its resting place. Housing for the contractor was supplied by the Ferry. Communication between the County, H&L, and the Ferry has been exceptional.
The Ferry District had obtained the necessary permits to dredge back in 2019. The Ferry put the work out to bid that year. The resulting bids exceeded what the ferry had budgeted and the bids were rejected. At the time, we were not aware that the County had a dredging program. Once it was brought to their attention the County offered their support.