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Bulwagga Bay project set for 2013 completion

Engineer selected; bids being prepared

Work to save the Bulwagga Bay shoreline will be completed in 2013.

Work to save the Bulwagga Bay shoreline will be completed in 2013.

— Work to save the Bulwagga Bay shoreline will be completed in 2013.

“It has to be done,” Moriah Supervisor Tom Scozzafava said. “The town board can’t sit back and let that shoreline erode. It’s a black and white issue; there’s no gray area. It has to be done.

“It’s a huge revenue source for the community,” he said of Bulwagga Bay. “It’s the most important piece of real estate the town owns. We can’t sit by and watch it disappear.”

The town board selected AES Northeast of Plattsburgh to prepare an engineering plan for the project during its June meeting. AES was the low bidder at $29,501.

Once the engineering plans are complete, the town will seek construction bids with work expected to begin this fall with completion by the end of the year.

The town-owned beach and campsite on Lake Champlain is being damaged by Lake Champlain erosion. Without action the public beach and 175-site campground will be lost.

“We’re losing 6 to 10 feet of beach a year,” Scozzafava said. “We’re losing the beach; we’re losing the campground.”

The shoreline has moved back 25 to 40 feet since 1995, according to the Adirondack Park Agency.

Realizing the problem three years ago, local leaders secured permits from the Adirondack Park Agency, the state Department of Environmental Conservation and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to build three revetments made of half-ton rocks reaching into Lake Champlain to combat the erosion. The revetments are 4,080, 4,110 and 4,670 square feet in size, and the beach end of each will be enveloped in landscaped trees and shrubs.

Those permits expire at the end of 2013, so the project must be completed next year.

The Bulwagga Bay erosion project is expected to cost $350,000.

“We’re on the clock to complete this project,” Scozzafava said. “Those permits expire this year and we have to finish the work.”

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