I’ve just returned from a day and a half at the dredge site. The hurricane in the east, the frontal passage with winds from the north, and a full moon combined to produce some extremely low tides that almost completely drained our work site. Although I could not dredge, it was still a good time to be there. The substrate was exposed throughout our work area, which not only let sediment consolidate, but allowed us to see what we’ve accomplished.
I was pleasantly surprised (quite ecstatic actually) to see that we have much more material in Cell 3 than I thought. There was only one channel meandering across the north end that was deeper than 3 inches below marsh level, with most of it only an inch or so below. We are much closer to being full than I thought. (!!)
The other opportunity that low water provided, was that the marsh was fairly dry to walk through, and the cool weather made it less likely I would run into snakes. I took a walk completely around Cell 5 to map out the extent of new marsh that has developed since January. It was impressive (see figure below). I was also able to walk across the throats of what was left of the east and northeast finger lakes without sinking into the muck. I think this marsh will be here for quite a while!! (full report will follow soon)