Erosion at Parrott’s Island apparently creating silting issues at nearby landing

Soil erosion from Parrott’s Island in the Rappahannock River may be part of the cause of sand buildup at Mill Creek Landing Public Boat Ramp in Middlesex. The island was more than 70 acres at the turn of the 20th century and, due to erosion, is now down to fewer than 10 acres of high land. Photo by Larry Chowning

by Larry Chowning

TOPPING—The Middlesex board of supervisors recently moved Mill Creek Landing Public Boat Ramp, 1299 Carlton Road, Wake, up its “priority landing” list to find funds to develop an engineering plan to keep sand from continuously filling in the boat ramp.

At the end of May, 1,800 cubic yards of sand were removed from in and around the ramp by local marine contractors who volunteered their time and efforts.

At the board’s July meeting, the supervisors’ Hartfield representative, John Koontz, informed his fellow supervisors the area in and around the boat ramp is refilling with sand.

At that meeting, supervisors requested the Middle Peninsula Planning District Commission (MPPDC) study…

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