Last month, Legislator Fleming caught up with Southampton Town Trustee Ann Welker at Mecox Bay to check on the progress of inlet management and the concerted efforts towards building a resilient coastline.
As the largest saltwater pond on the South Fork, Mecox Bay periodically requires a “letting of the bay,” which creates a channel from the ocean in order to allow water transfer to maintain the health of the bay as well as the surrounding farmland and infrastructure.
An impact of this letting is the deposit of sand within the bay that impedes circulation. Dredging of 40,000 cubic yards of sand out of Mecox Bay will improve water quality and provide sand to vulnerable locations on the ocean beach. “Thank you, Trustee Welker and the Southampton Trustees for your partnership and persistence on this critically important initiative,” commented Leg. Fleming.
Featured: Legislator Fleming with Trustee Ann Welker at Mecox Bay