The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Detroit District has provided an update on harbor dredging and beach restoration works in St. Joseph Harbor, Michigan.
According to Grand Haven Engineer, Elizabeth Wilkinson, the dredging operation in Muskegon is still ongoing, but the King Co. has another dredge up and running.
“They are planning to mobilize that dredge, tow it to St. Joseph and start dredging by the 1st,” Wilkinson said. She also added that the contractor will stay there for up to 10 days and then head to South Haven.
St. Joseph Harbor, Michigan is located on the east shore of Lake Michigan, 60 miles easterly from Chicago, Illinois, and 24 miles southerly from South Haven, Michigan. Dredging of the harbor is done every year to remove excess sediment from the river to ensure a clear pathway for marine travel.
This year, the material from the inner harbor in St. Joseph will be trucked to the airport, while the outer harbor sediment will be used to replenish Lions Park Beach. South Haven sediment will be placed along South Beach.