Central Coast Dredging Underway
Provided by Central Coast Representative David Gomberg
Four distinct dredging projects are complete or underway on the central coast. These projects will improve mariner safety, enhance ocean access for commerce and recreation, and strengthen our local economies.
• The Port of Toledo has completed clean-up dredging adjacent to the Yaquina Boatyard. This project will allow access to the new boatyard facilities funded through a $4.6 million ConnectOregon V grant. These facilities are a great addition to Lincoln County’s maritime economy.
• Long-overdue federally funded dredging of Depoe Bay’s harbor is scheduled to begin this week and will continue for two weeks. Currently the Coast Guard is unable to leave the dock at low tide and must keep a motor lifeboat on ready alert outside the harbor. The dredging will allow free access at all times and improve safety for the charter and recreational fishing fleets.
• Yaquina Bay will complete ten days of maintenance dredging work at the bar crossing by the Dredge Yaquina tomorrow. Progress on that work was excellent due to calm weather conditions. State funded clamshell dredging at Yaquina Bay adjacent to the International Terminal is about three quarters done and still scheduled to be completed today. This work is vital to safe access of the commercial and recreational fishing fleets, NOAA, and future cargo ship traffic to access the bay.
• Two days of dredging at the Port of Newport’s International Terminal ship berth (funded by the Port of Newport) is on track for the latter part of this week. This work will allow larger modern ships to dock at the recently rebuilt terminal. Combining this work with the dredging in the shipping channel saves the Port time, minimizes environmental impact, and provides better value to taxpayers.
“These projects are critical for the safety and resilience of our commercial and recreational marine community. Maintaining our ports and channels will insure that critical industries are properly supported and that our waterways are safer,” Rep. Gomberg said. “There are some real successes here. We worked hard to secure the Depoe Bay project. In Newport, we advocated combining two separate permits to save time, minimize impacts on the environment, and reduce costs for the Port by about $250,000.”