SAYVILLE

Town pledges to dredge Browns River

East and West marinas will be done, though no timetable has been given

Randall Waszynski
Posted 4/2/20

The Browns River Marinas West and East, in Sayville and Bayport, respectively, will see dredging, though no timetable has been relayed.

P.W. Grosser Consulting and the Town of Islip already …

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SAYVILLE

Town pledges to dredge Browns River

East and West marinas will be done, though no timetable has been given

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The Browns River Marinas West and East, in Sayville and Bayport, respectively, will see dredging, though no timetable has been relayed.

P.W. Grosser Consulting and the Town of Islip already had a professional services agreement in place for dredge spoil removal, and an amendment is now in place to perform “necessary services” in regard to dredging the marinas at the Browns River estuary. The town board approved the execution of the amendment at its March 10 meeting. The March 10 meeting was open to the public with those attending asked to sit 6 feet apart, and residents were encouraged to attend the meeting via a live stream available on the town’s YouTube channel, Altice Channel 18, or Verizon Channel 1982.

“[The amendment allows for] additional services for the next phase of the project, which include, but are not limited to: preparation of a sediment sampling and analysis plan, collection and analysis of sediment samples, preparation of permit applications for submission to the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and the New York State Department of State, preparation of bid specifications, bid analysis, and construction inspection services,” according to a Town of Islip spokesperson and discussed in the resolution.

The last time a dredge has occurred in this general location was 12 years ago, and the commencement of dredge spoil removal at the marinas, which had accumulated from the previous dredge, was conducted by the town and the consulting firm in February.

“The initial contract, which was done following a town attorney-approved procurement procedure, focused on the existing dredge spoils and solutions for the removal of that pile,” the town spokesman said. “This expands the scope of work to address the dredging of the town-owned marinas, which is the extent of our legal responsibility.”

An article published in the Suffolk County News in February announcing the spoil removal mentioned that several community members have been calling for a dredge in this location. Among other reasons, community members expressed concern regarding the dangers of a ferry boat’s ability to navigate, considering the depth of the water in the estuary

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