2016-03-10 / News

Firm hired to restore water quality at Sheffield Cove

The town is continuing efforts to restore the water quality at Sheffield Cove so the once-popular shellfishing spot can re-open to clam diggers.

On the recommendation of Town Engineer Mike Gray, the Jamestown Town Council Feb. 16 approved a $63,920 bid to ESS Group of East Providence. The award will allow engineers to implement an experimental project combining bioretention and sand filtration. The goal is to treat pathogens from stormwater in the cove.

Bioretention, which is the process of removing contaminants and sedimentation from stormwater runoff, will take place on the northern stretch of Maple Avenue. Sand filtration, a robust method of removing suspended solids from water, will occur near the Maple Avenue-Spring Street intersection.

Town scientists also will conduct sampling using DNA fingerprinting to determine the impact on the cove from wildlife and domestic animals.

The project is expected to last 16 months. The money will come from an $118,200 grant from the Environmental Protection Agency, which was administered by the Narragansett Bay Estuary Program. U.S. Sen. Jack Reed, a Jamestown resident, helped secure the money.

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