Masseys Dredge Project Is Running Into Low Tide
The extreme low winter tides we have around the inland bays are making the dredge job a little interesting.
The dredge crews recorded a sixty-five mile an hour wind gust Friday night. Those winds created a blow out tide, combined with a full moon and our typical extreme low winter tides. That has to be making their job a little more difficult. “We had an issue with low water and pulling water to run the pumps for a hot minute.”
The crews have done this for years, they run into all kinds of crazy I imagine. Wonder what the Wisconsin boys think about our summer winter weather?
They are working day and night to dredge Masseys Ditch and when you look at Chris’s pictures from Driscoll drones you can really see just how much sand they have to move. The surrounding communities should have gotten in on the dredge contract to clean out their canals. Maybe the state can do that and put the slurry in a useful place or spray it onto the marshes to rebuild them to protect from storm surge..
Would be nice to rebuild middle island also known as bird island, that was a deal the Tunnells offered the State of Delaware years and years ago. It fell through the cracks, but I am told it is still on the table. Would be a good way to clean out that area and rebuild it for a bird preserve. It was recently set up as a preserve of sorts for the Tunnells by the Center For The Inland Bays. People are no longer allowed on the island, and rightfully so it is private property.
The Masseys Ditch Dredge Project is well underway and on schedule. It is going to be interesting to see the progress over the next several weeks. I just want to see what is showing up in the filter cage. We need a pool on how many anchors they find. You can watch the slurry pipe from the North Tower Deldot traffic cam.
*****Disclaimer … the Drone shots of the inlet were taken by a friend of mine taking off and landing off of park property, it is legal, don’t freak out. If you want to risk your expensive drone be my guest. Drones are not allowed to be flown from Delaware State park property.***