The Port of Alsea has received a grant to dredge and repair the debris boom near the boat ramp. Marine Board staff has been working with the Port since 2010 to replace the boat ramp, boarding docks and excavate around the boat ramp. But the project was put on hold while the Port applied for dredging permits.
Meanwhile, sediment has continued to accumulate, especially during the 2015 winter storms where 9,000 cubic yards of sediment were deposited. The Board approved $30,000 in state boater funds to match Port in-kind contributions of $11,595, and $14,487 in cash, all of which combined with FEMA, Lincoln County Urban Renewal and an Oregon Business Development Department stipend of $667,695 cash, it all came to a grand total of $693,777.
Dredging is expected to begin in a couple of weeks along with replacing the upstream debris boom. And they’ll be adding a crabbing dock to accommodate the legions of crab fans who spend many a chilly hour awaiting the lift-up of the bounty of their pots!
The Port’s maintenance staff is also making repairs to the commercial dock. They are also numbering the side-tie slips on the recreational docks; boaters wanting moorage will now be assigned specific sites on the docks to moor.
All the repairs, dredging and additions will be complete by early February when, by law, all “in water” works must cease by state law, for humans to get out of the way of spawning fish.