DVIDS – News – US Army Corps of Engineers to begin maintenance dredging at Grays Harbor on April 5

SEATTLE — The US Army Corps of Engineers plans to begin conducting maintenance dredging in Grays Harbor’s Outer Harbor beginning April 5 using USACE hopper dredgers Yaquina and Essayons.

The Yaquina is expected to begin dredging in Grays Harbor Outer Harbor around April 5 and will continue dredging for approximately 11 days. The essayons are expected to begin dredging in the outer harbor on April 5 and will continue dredging for approximately 22 days. All work will be completed by May 30, 2023 at the latest.

Dredging is ongoing 24/7 in the shallows at Bar, Entrance, Pt. reached Chehalis and South. The goal is to dredge approximately 1,000,000 cubic yards with 600,000 CY placed in the South Beach Beneficial Use Site (SBBUS). The remainder of the material is posted to either the Half Moon Bay Beneficial Use Site (HMBUS) or the Pt. Chehalis Disposal Points (PCDS).

There are usually a significant number of crab pots at the South Beach Beneficial Use Site (SBBUS) and access road. The Army Corps of Engineers is asking fishermen and crabs to move their boats, pots, and gear to avoid damage. All dredging work areas including the navigation channel, approach lane and target placement sites must be kept clear of fish and crab activity and fishing gear during dredging.

Please note: All fairways, placement/disposal target areas AND approach lanes are used by the hoppers.

Fishermen, crabs and recreational boaters are encouraged to position themselves and/or their pots and equipment at least 300 feet from the navigation channel, placement/disposal areas or access lane boundaries to create a buffer zone where boats and equipment drift can enter the area used by the funnels. Boats and equipment drifting into the navigation channel, access channel and/or target placement/disposal areas may be damaged or destroyed.

Date Recorded: 2023-03-24 Published Date: 2023-03-24 6:33 PM Story ID: 441188 Location: GREY’S HARBOR, WA, US Web Views: 6 Downloads: 0 PUBLIC DOMAIN


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