The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced Tuesday it moved back the date of its dredging project for the Depoe Bay check dam and harbor boat basin again, from Sept. 20 to Sept. 27.

The original start date for the project was Sept. 13, but it was delayed to Sept. 20 because the USACE was waiting on permits from the Oregon Department of Forestry. The new delay was instigated by the USACE’s contractor, who has a certain amount of leeway regarding when it can conduct the project, according to USACE Public Affairs Specialist Tom Conning.

The dredging is expected to last at least two weeks and with the delays should conclude sometime in mid 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.

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 funding  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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