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May 9, 2013

Sand harvesting work draws to a close

Fencing will be added to help replenish the beach


Rowden said she doesn’t know how many cubic yards of sand were able to be removed from above the watermark along the sandbar at Salisbury’s north jetty. However, it is possible that there won’t be enough to completely fill in all the storm-affected areas, she said.

DCR agreed to harvest about 15,000 cubic yards of sand from a large erosion-formed sandbar at the north jetty to make repairs to the dunes. But that isn’t very much sand, and Salisbury officials and residents along with state legislators Sen. Kathleen O’Connor Ives, D-Newburyport, and Rep. Michael Costello, D-Newburyport, believe more sand is required to protect private property and ensure the safety of beachgoers. Costello and O’Connor Ives have promised to seek more resources.

Costello placed $300,000 in the House of Representatives’ version of next year’s state budget to augment the renourishment of Salisbury Beach State Reservation. The hope is that money will remain when the final budget arrives on the governor’s desk.

In the meantime, the work has taken its toll on the heavy equipment used, Rowden said. Tuesday, one of the huge dump trucks sat broken down near Broadway, listing badly to one said, its tire sheared from its wheel.

“I know the work has been hard on the trucks,” Rowden said. “I think sand is hard to work with. It’s very heavy and it gets into everything.”

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