The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Seattle District, has just announced new start date for the Grays Harbor dredging project.
According to the Corps, the project – originally scheduled to start this weekend – is now postponed for April 10.
Working around-the-clock through April, the Corps vessel Yaquina will dredge the Grays Harbor Entrance, Point Chehalis and South Reach channels. The Yaquina will place dredged materials at the Washington State Department of Natural Resources-managed Point Chehalis open water disposal sites and the Half Moon Bay nearshore beneficial use site.
A second hopper dredge, the Essayons, is scheduled to arrive sometime in mid-April and work through early May to dredge the Grays Harbor Bar, Entrance and Point Chehalis reaches. The Essayons will place dredged materials at the South Beach nearshore beneficial use site and the Washington State Department of Natural Resources-managed Point Chehalis open water disposal sites.
The two vessels are expected to dredge 1.2 million cubic yards of material during the works.
Dredges Yaquina and Essayons are assigned to the Portland District and support Seattle District Grays Harbor maintenance dredging operations.