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Mount Sinai Harbor Dredging Project Completed

Written by Long Island  |  15. February 2021

The long-awaited dredging project began in December 2020 after the completion of the Town of Brookhaven’s project to repair the Mount Sinai Harbor jetties in May 2020. Plans for the dredging of the Mount Sinai Harbor began with resolution 2026-2011, co-sponsored by Suffolk County Legislator Sarah Anker, which allocated $2.1 million of the 2011 Capital Budget to the Suffolk County Department of Public Works (SCDPW) for the project. Due to the necessity of repairing the harbor’s jetties, the dredging project was temporarily halted until the town-owned jetties were repaired. In 2016, Legislator Sarah Anker sponsored resolution 2058-2016 to extend the earmark of the allocated funds until the project could be completed.

“After years of advocating for the necessity of dredging the Mount Sinai Harbor, I am proud to announce that the project has been completed,” said Suffolk County Legislator Sarah Anker. “The safety of navigating the harbor and the coastal erosion experienced on our shorelines are major concerns. The dredging will increase the depth of the harbor, allowing for the safe passage of recreational and commercial boaters, as well as local, town, county and state law enforcement and emergency responder vessels. I would like to thank the Mount Sinai Harbor Advisory Committee members for their support on these projects and for their continued advocacy and commitment to the safety of the harbor. I would also like to thank the Town of Brookhaven and New York State for their collaboration with the county to make the necessary repairs to the harbor’s jetties.”

“The Mount Sinai Inlet project has been needed for a long time,” said Mark Hegreness, President of the Mount Sinai Harbor Advisory Committee. “The inlet was dangerously narrow, causing both a hazard to navigation and restricted water flow. The dredging has not only greatly improved safety for all who transit Mount Sinai Harbor, but should also vastly improve water quality in the harbor. This project is a win not only for people who use the harbor, but for the environment. The Mount Sinai Harbor Advisory Committee would like to thank all of the people who worked tirelessly for over a decade to see this project through to its conclusion.”

The hydraulic dredging of the harbor channel began on December 6th, 2020 and officially concluded on January 8th, 2021. Suffolk County Department of Public Works’ Waterways Section staff worked in tandem with the Nelson, Pope and Voorhis Environmental and Engineering Consultants retained by the Town of Brookhaven’s Planning, Environmental and Land Management Division to design the project which was conducted under contract with H&L Contracting LLC. Approximately 90,000 cubic yards of accumulated shoaled rocky sand was removed from the channel and was used as much needed beach nourishment for the Village of Port Jefferson’s East Beach. The final cost of the dredging project was approximately $2.7 million, which was overseen and paid by SCDPW.

Routine dredging is a necessary upkeep for harbor waterways. The purpose is to maintain the depth of the harbor, making it safely accessible to recreational boating, commercial vehicles and emergency responder vehicles.

For more information, please call Legislator Anker’s office at (631) 854-1600.

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