By Mark Edward Nero
Maintenance dredging of the Port of Kalama marina began Oct. 1 and is scheduled to run for about two months. The dredging project, which is planned to accommodate fishing season and sports enthusiasts, is scheduled to remove materials that have naturally settled in the marina.
As a result of the dredging, the guest dock at the marina will be closed from Oct. 3 to Oct. 7. However, the first actual dredging is set to begin Oct. 15 at the south end of the marina and guest dock and is expected to run for three weeks.
The project team, according to the port, will work from the south end to the north of the marina, and that is expected to affect some boat owners and guests at varying phases; signs will be posted and letters sent to inform the community of the progress. The entire project is scheduled to be completed by early December 2016.
“Maintenance of the marina basin is a routine activity to enable safe navigation,” Port of Kalama Executive Director Mark Wilson said in a statement. “The dredging activity will require some inconvenience to our boating customers while we complete the work.”
The Port of Kalama, located in Southwest Washington on the Columbia River, is about 30 minutes north of Portland, Ore.