The Delta Regional Authority has announced that the dredging at the Hickman and Fulton County Riverport was due to begin this week and be completed by the end of the week.
Without the dredging project, this port would have been closed for a minimum of 3 to 4 weeks, according to newschannel5.com.
The problem is present in the entire region, where annual maintenance dredging is pivotal in order to find a permanent solution and prevent accumulation of sediment from blocking the way.
“All the harbors in this area are having trouble with this,” said Greg Curlin, executive director of Riverport Hickman.“It’s not just Hickman Harbor. All of them are having trouble with the dredging or the lack of dredging.”
Dredging Today Staff, August 16, 2012; Image: usace