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Dredging work will see beaches near Burlington Canal replenished with clean sand: HOPA

Work to dredge the Burlington Canal began last week.

Posted on August 28, 2023

Beaches bordering the Burlington Canal will be replenished with some 25,000 cubic meters of clean sand thanks to a dredging project by the Hamilton-Oshawa Port Authority (HOPA).

Work on the canal began last week as part of a requirement to maintain the minimum draft large vessels need to pass through Hamilton’s port, said HOPA spokesperson Larissa Fenn. It’s expected to continue into the fall.

The majority of the sediment is being dredged with a barge-mounted excavator, Fenn said, while the rest will be removed by divers using a hydro-siphon to avoid underwater infrastructure damage.

Considered non-hazardous, non-contaminated and suitable for beach nourishment, the sediment will be deposited in shallow water off Burlington Beach.

The dredging won’t have an effect on commercial marine traffic, Fenn said. Pleasure craft are being asked to keep a safe distance from the work.

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