Municipal, state, and federal officials, including Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito, recently joined in a ribbon cutting at Manchester-by-the-Sea to celebrate the completion of the $1.5 million dredging of the town’s harbor.
The yearlong project involved the removal of 4,676 cubic yards of underwater sediment, restoring the depth of the harbor to a minimum of eight feet at low tide.
By improving conditions for boat traffic, the work is intended to support the continued viability of the harbor, which officials note brings in approximately $6 million worth of lobsters each year, and its two marinas, which together employ about 75 people and provide moorings for more than 1,000 boats.
The town received $500,000 in state funding for the project, the first grant awarded through the MassWorks Infrastructure grant program after it was announced last year that five percent of the program funding would be set aside for dredging projects.
The town covered the remaining $1 million of the cost.
Other officials on hand for the event at Reed Park included mayors Michael P. Cahill of Beverly and Sefatia Romeo Theken of Gloucester.John Laidler can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.