Dredging project on tap for Fire Island Inlet

Hurricane Sandy severely eroded the waterway, which needs extra sand in order for commercial fishing boats to use it.

Hurricane Sandy severely eroded the waterway, which needs extra sand in order for commercial fishing boats to use it. (2/4/13)

FIRE ISLAND - A dangerous problem around Fire Island is set to be repaired with newly allocated Sandy relief aid.

According to a recent sonar survey by the Army Corps of Engineers, Fire Island Inlet, which connects the Atlantic Ocean to the Great South Bay, now stands at less than 4 feet during low tide. The average depth is usually 14 feet.

Commercial fishermen who frequently use the inlet say the problem was exacerbated by Hurricane Sandy, which shifted the inlet entrance westward by up to 400 feet. 

Federal Sandy legislation included funding to dredge the inlet. However, it is unclear how much will specifically be set aside for dredging projects. 

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