Westerly will be receiving almost $1 million dollars of federal funds to remove more than 65,000 cubic yards of sediment from Winnapaug Pond. Senator Jack Reed made the announcement yesterday regarding the funds for hydraulic dredging which is to begin in June. The pond was filled with sediment during Superstorm Sandy. According to the AP, Reed calls the pond a natural treasure, and says the money provides the opportunity to clean it up and restore it. 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.