The work which is led by local NGO Sustainable Grenadines Inc. (SusGren) will create breaches in strategic areas of the abandoned marina piers.
This will create water circulation in the area which has been almost stagnant for the last 20 years.
Phase one of the restoration work is funded by The Nature Conservancy, through the Philip Stephenson Foundation and the Grenadines Partnership Fund through The Nature Conservancy to complete the Phase I Engineering Works at the Ashton Lagoon.
The Phase I activities include the partial excavation of 5 piers to restore circulation of water both in and out of the lagoon area. Excavation activities are expected to take place between November and December 2017.
Phase II is being funded through the 5C’s (with funding from KFW) and this should start early 2018. The equipment (excavator, turbidity barriers) have already been set up on the piers and construction has begun.
The main activities being undertaken for Phase I include but not limited to the following;
- Deploying turbidity barriers (otherwise known as sediment curtains) around the sites of excavation to prevent sediment from escaping;
- Testing material that will be excavated for contamination testing to determine whether it can be safely disposed of on the project site or at a suitable site on land
- Disposal of excavated material in a manner that causes negligible harm to the environment. The disposal method shall depend upon the results of the contaminant testing. If free from contaminants, the material is to be placed on the seaward side of the outer causeway.
Boulders will be washed so as to remove sediment prior to placement. If contaminated, the material shall be disposed at a suitable site on land.
- Excavation of five 15 m wide breaches in the finger piers the marina structure (Gap 01 to Gap 05 shown in Drawings SWIL-ALUI01, SWIL-ALUI02 and SWIL-ALUI03) (see attached)
- Grading channel edges to the required slope where required
The restoration of water flow in the Ashton Lagoon will allow for a variety of economic opportunities for the community.
- Mobile Advertising of the project and a note of caution was sent to the public via Digicel Services
- Posters have been placed in strategic places within Ashton and in Clifton.
- Bullhorn announcements about the project has been made throughout the main towns (Ashton and Clifton).
- A press release has been sent to the main media houses (radio, paper, net)
The contractor has sourced a local excavator, boatmen for transporting staff to the site, watchmen and members of the community have been rostered for debris clean up.