- Associated Press - Monday, May 19, 2014

WESTERLY, R.I. (AP) - Local and federal officials are celebrating $1 million project that will dredge Winnapaug Pond in Westerly, after it was filled with sediment during Superstorm Sandy.

Sen. Jack Reed on Monday announced more than $900,000 of federal funds will go to the project. It will remove approximately 70,000 cubic yards of sediment through hydraulic dredging.

Reed calls the pond a natural treasure, and says the money provides the opportunity to clean it up and restore it.

The project is scheduled to begin in June.

The work is being overseen by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service and the Rhode Island Coastal Resources Management Council.

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