Simpson Bay Lagoon gets health injection

POSTED: 05/23/16 6:55 PM

 

sxmdredgingsimpsonbaylagoonThis time, a dredging company is actually filling up holes in the bed of the Simpson Bay Lagoon. Photo contributed

St. Maarten News – The St. Maarten Nature Foundation has been cooperating with the government, marinas and dredging companies on a Dredge Hole Remediation Project in the Simpson Bay Lagoon. Dredging can have significant environmental impacts on the environmental health of the lagoon, resulting in siltation, sedimentation and the removal of important seagrass beds critical to the lagoon’s already severely damaged health.

There are various areas in the Simpson Bay Lagoon where large amount of sand and seagrass was removed for various projects over the years. The areas have formed deep holes where very little grows and where there is significant sedimentation occurring, affecting nearby seagrass beds.

The Foundation has partnered with the government, marinas and dredging companies to reintroduce dredge spoils into the so-called dredge holes, filling back the bed of the Simpson Bay Lagoon with sufficient habitat for seagrasses to again establish and seed the area.

Over the next few weeks various holes in the Lagoon will be filled to remediate the damages done over the past decade.

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