Grays Harbor Maintenance Dredging Begins

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is beginning the Grays Harbor maintenance dredging operations in the Outer Harbor.

There are many crab pots in the South Beach Disposal Site and the Army Corps of Engineers is asking fishermen and crabbers to move their equipment to avoid having it damaged.

All navigation channels, target disposal sites and dredge work areas need to be kept clear of fishing and crabbing activity and gear during the dredging, which will conclude on approximately mid-May, said USACE.

Under the official plan, the dredger Essayons will work in the area approximately 4 weeks.

Dredging will occur in shoaled areas of the Bar, Entrance, and Pt. Chehalis reaches. The goal is to dredge approximately 800,000 cubic yards, with 600,000 cubic yards placed in the South Beach beneficial use site.

The remaining material will be placed in the Pt. Chehalis disposal site.

Photo: Photo by Duy Ta, ACE-IT Visual Information Specialist