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Snye dredging underway near Fort McMurray

RURAL MUNICIPALITY OF WOOD BUFFALO — Excavators dredge the Snye near Fort McMurray in Alberta.

Posted on August 17, 2022

FORT MCMURRAY, ALTA. — Crews in Alberta are conducting work dredging the Snye to keep the channel clear for boats and watercraft in the Wood Buffalo area.

The mouth of the Snye fills with sediment deposits, also known as silt, brought by the current of the Clearwater River. Each year, this silt is removed from the river via dredging to maintain an access channel.

Officials stated that this year’s dredging operation is expected to be completed by mid-September.

Excavators will be removing the sediment and placing it on Snye Point to allow it to dry before hauling it away.

The parking lot next to Snye Point will be closed for use as a lay down and equipment storage yard. There will be no vehicle access to Snye Point or the parking lot for the duration of the operation.

The physical dredging and removal of silt deposits from the mouth of the Snye is expected to take up to two weeks. In addition, the mud and silt being placed on Snye Point must be de-watered before being removed from site. Once de-watered, the silt and mud will be hauled away.

Officials asked residents to respect the temporary closures in place, follow all posted signs and keep a safe distance from equipment.


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