The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has moved back the date of its dredging project for the Depoe Bay check dam and harbor boat basin from Sept. 13 to Sept. 20.

The dredging is expected to last at least two weeks and with the delay should conclude sometime  in early October. During that time, the footbridge, playground area, gazebo and nature trail at the park will be closed and cordoned off as a safety precaution.

According to USACE Public Affairs Specialist Tom Conning, the delay was caused by permitting issues with the Oregon Department of Forestry, which required the USACE to apply for additional permits due to potential fire hazards in the area.

The project will affect both the boat basin and an upland site located on private property about two miles from the main work area. Contractors will stage equipment in the south harbor area for the duration.

Dredgings are generally done every 10 years depending on what funding is available, and the last time Depoe Bay’s catch basin was cleared was in 2005.

The dredging is expected to remove roughly 2,000 cubic yards of silt material as it cleans out the harbor’s sediment catch basin, which functions like a grease trap by catching sediment washed down the river over the course of a decade. 

For more information about the project, visit: www.nwp.usace.army.mil/Locations/Oregon-Coast/Depoe-Bay.

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