Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Port of Everett Begins Snohomish River Dredging

By Mark Edward Nero

The Port of Everett, in partnership with the US Army Corps of Engineers, has begun maintenance dredging of the Snohomish River upstream and downstream settling basins.

Boaters in the area are being advised by the two agencies to slow down, pay attention to rig markings and be cautious around the operations.

The $1.3 million project is expected to be done by mid-February according to the Corps, which began maintenance dredging of the Snohomish River Project in 1910. The latest project, consisting of deep and shallow-draft navigation channels and two settling basins, serves the Port of Everett.

On Oct. 27, project contractor Portable Hydraulic Dredging of Eagle Creek, Ore., began dredging in the upstream settling basin, which is where 100,000 cubic yards of material are to be removed and placed on City of Everett property for use by the port and city. About 50,000 cubic yards of downstream dredged material is expected to be put to use nourishing areas on the Port of Everett-owned Jetty Island.