Willapa Bay Project Kicks Off

Image source: USACE

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Seattle District, is currently reconstructing a sand dune in Willapa Bay near the Shoalwater Bay Indian Reservation.

Crews from Manson Construction Co. of Seattle started staging heavy equipment in the repair area yesterday, and dredging and repair work is scheduled to start July 27 and last until mid-October.

Impacts to vehicle traffic and marine traffic are expected to be minimal. For the duration of the project, portions of the beach will be inaccessible due to the presence of heavy equipment and dredge fill operations. Dredging activities and construction will be performed 24/7 from mid-July to mid-October and there will be increased ATV traffic traversing the beach during this time,” USACE said.

The project is a $19.9 million federally-funded dune repair project that provides coastal storm damage protection. In addition, the project will maintain habitat for the Pacific Coast western snowy plover and streaked horned lark, two bird species federally listed under the Endangered Species Act as threatened.

“Three major storms between December 2015 and October 2016 completely destroyed the northern portion of the sand spit and significantly eroded the remaining portion of the dune, threatening the Shoalwater Bay Indian Reservation, including culturally and ecologically significant wetland areas,” said Daryl Downing, the Corps’ project manager for the repair effort.

Repair work includes dredging approximately 750,000 cubic yards of sand from a borrow site providing materials to rebuild the 12,500 foot-long protective berm.

 

 

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3rd International Congress Hydraulic Engineering Structures and Dredging

Russia’s leading maritime industry Media Group PortNews (www.portnews.ru) holds a traditional annual Congress “Hydraulic Engineering Structures and Dredging” in Moscow. 

The two-day Congress includes the 7th International Forum of Dredging Companies and the 3rd Technical Conference “Modern Solutions for Hydraulic Engineering”.

Infrastructure development is among the real sources of Russia’s economy growth. Construction of port facilities and new hydraulic engineering structures on the country’s inland waterways constitute an essential part of all infrastructure projects. It is important to take into account the best international practices to implement these projects effectively.

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