DNREC dredging projects to continue this summer

Two dredging projects in southern Delaware will continue in the summer months, according to the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC).

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Dredging is to continue in Assawoman Canal until August 1, 2024 and dredging is to begin in Indian River near Millsboro on July 1, 2024. Both projects aim to improve boater safety and recreational use within two popular waterways in Sussex County.

In Assawoman Canal dredging contractor McLean Contracting Company of Glen Burnie, Md. will pause operations over Memorial Day weekend, then resume until dredging of the canal is complete.

Dredging operations may be completed as early as the first week of July, according to McLean’s estimated schedule, but DNREC has provided permission to dredge until August 1 to ensure the contractor has ample time to complete the job and demobilize.

Separately, DNREC’s Shoreline and Waterway Management Section will resume dredging Indian River near the town of Millsboro on or about July 1, 2024. This project began in the fall of 2023 with preparations of the wetland restoration site that will receive the dredged sediment.