Old Saybrook, CT – The Connecticut Port Authority (CPA) recently announced the start of the North Cove Maintenance Dredging Project. Crews working through spring of 2018 will remove roughly 290,000 cubic yards of sediment to restore the cove to its authorized depth of 11 feet.

River flows, natural tidal movements, and even hurricane activity reduced the depth of North Cove to as little as 4 feet in some places—making it difficult for commercial and recreational boaters to navigate the waterway. This project—overseen by the Army Corps of Engineers and funded by the CPA—will restore this crucial piece of maritime infrastructure and improve access to the cove and the channel.

Left to right: State Rep. Devin Carney, CPA Chairman Scott Bates, State Sen. Paul Formica, CPA Executive Director Evan Matthews, and Old Lyme First Selectwoman Bonnie A. Reemsnyder.
Left to right: State Rep. Devin Carney, CPA Chairman Scott Bates, State Sen. Paul Formica, CPA Executive Director Evan Matthews, and Old Lyme First Selectwoman Bonnie A. Reemsnyder.

“This is an exciting time to invest in Connecticut, and the Port Authority is proud to play our part in supporting our local communities and economic development across the State,” said CPA Chairman Scott Bates. “Through our funding of dredging and other infrastructure improvement projects, the Connecticut Port Authority is investing in the future of Connecticut’s maritime industry. Projects like this in North Cove really hit home for our waterfront communities.”

Once completed, this project will make all moorings available for use and increase vessel safety and access to the cove at all levels of tide.