This week at Wreck Pond, construction crews continue to install the coffer dam. It will be a double containment coffer dam with one side for the box culvert and one side that will be filled with sand for equipment to drive out on. Not a small feat working against the strength of the ocean. Things seem to be moving along on schedule so far and in the next week or two the next pieces of culvert should be installed. It will take an estimated 9-12 weeks to finish construction.
Dredging will start up again in mid-October. This time about 17,000 cubic yards of sediment will be removed and placed on the beach. This will complete the removal of the originally proposed 37,000 cubic yards.
Monitoring continues in search of juvenile alewife, however none were found during Wednesday's sampling this week. Catch included Atlantic silversides, white mullet, striped killifish, mummichog, sheepshead minnows, and one rather large bay anchovy. Seeing the bay anchovy is a good sign since in previous years, we have seen the young-of-year alewife mixed in with the schools of bay anchovy. Though we haven’t seen large schools of bay anchovy yet, perhaps this single bay anchovy sighting will lead to the movement of larger schools and subsequently the emigration of young alewife from Wreck Pond back into the Atlantic Ocean.
We also continued our bird monitoring and sea beach amaranth monitoring. Jay A., from Sea Girt Public Works alerted us that there was another sea beach amaranth plant. Identification was confirmed and the plant was fenced in. Check back next week for another update!