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Opinion

October 11, 2012

Sand dumping off PI needs closer look

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There is another concern to be considered, and that is the ecological impact of the sheer quantity of sand proposed to be brought here. There’s up to 700,000 cubic yards being considered, which is more than four times as much as was dredged from the mouth of the Merrimack River and dumped onto Salisbury and Plum Island beaches in late 2010.

Certainly this enormous quantity of sand will have a notable impact on Plum Island beach. The question is whether it is a good impact, bad impact or mixed bag. Does anyone know for sure?

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