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Port Marina Dredging Runs October through December

Posted on September 27, 2016

On Oct. 1 the Port of Kalama will start a dredging project to clear sediment out of its marina. The work will continue into December, the port announced Thursday.

The port has awarded Advanced American Construction Inc. a $430,800 contract to dredge the marina. It will pump the debris through a 10-inch wide plastic pipe to a disposal site near the TEMCO grain terminal. About 15,000 cubic yards of material must be removed from the boat basin, enough to cover an ice hockey rink 20 feet deep.

Dredging will take place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday, and the dredging between each boathouse is expected to take three to six days, said port spokeswoman Liz Newman. How it affects use of the marina is somewhat uncertain.

“We are working with our marina clients and doing our best to provide another space if they want to move their boats while work is being done near their boathouse,” Newman said. “The (dredging) equipment will be moved away from the boathouse each evening, so boat owners have the opportunity to move their boats at that time also.”

The first step is for the contractor to set up the disposal pipeline. Actual dredging is not due to begin until Oct. 18 and will start at the south end of the marina, according to the port.

“Maintenance of the marina basin is a routine activity to enable safe navigation,” Mark Wilson, the port’s executive director, said in a prepared statement. “The dredging activity will require some inconvenience to our boating customers while we complete the work. The Port appreciates your patience during this project to keep our marina in great shape.” 


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