Weeki Wachee dredging about to begin

The Weeki Wachee River dredging work will be underway soon – with a new contractor and a different technique.

Sea & Shoreline photo

Hernando County said that the Southwest Florida Water Management District (SWFWMD) is set to start the Weeki Wachee Channel Restoration Project in the following days.

To provide space for workers to stage equipment and begin the job, the county will close Rogers Park on Shoal Line Boulevard on Monday, May 8, through Friday, May 12.

According to officials, the dredge contractor – Sea & Shoreline LLC – will require the use of Roger’s Park to assemble and launch dredging equipment.

“This week was chosen so the temporary closure would not conflict with spring break, and would allow the park to reopen before schools let out for the summer. The weather will determine any potential delays and the community will be notified,” said the county.

The river will remain navigable during the project, which is expected to take about one year to complete.