Posted on February 7, 2024
THE dredging of contaminated sediment was scheduled to have started last month at the Bellingham Shipping Terminal, as announced by the Washington State Department of Ecology, reports Dredging Today.
With the aid of federal funding, the Port of Bellingham is undertaking improvements at the terminal, which include dredging approximately 22,000 cubic yards of contaminated sediment to restore water depths for ship access.
This dredging activity is also a crucial component of the cleanup action mandated by Ecology for the specified section of the Whatcom Waterway site.
To safeguard migrating juvenile salmon, the in-water dredging will be conducted during two distinct periods: from January to mid-February and from August to October.
The winter dredging work was scheduled to initiate on January 29, 2024.
Non-cleanup-related activities at the terminal by the Port are expected to occur between April 2024 and September 2025.
The engineering design for the cleanup action in the remaining Phase 2 Site Areas is currently in progress, with construction activities anticipated to commence in 2025 and extend over several years, as stated by Ecology.