It apparently took someone “walking-on-water,” in addition to heavy lobbying by the Oregon Congressional Delegation, to win a nearly $900,000 dredge job for Depoe Bay Harbor. Word came today that Depoe Bay will be dredged next Spring.
One of charter boat captain Loren Goddard’s employees went out recently to prove that Depoe Bay was suffering a problem of near “biblical proportions” in that sediment build-up in the harbor has become so bad that boats can only re-fuel at high tide. The harbor is fed by two creeks flowing into the bay from the east shore. Rainwater draining off some recently clear-cut timberlands above the town carry quite a bit of sediment.
Depoe Bay Port Commissioner Liz Martin says she and charter boat captain Loren Goddard went back to Washington DC to lobby hard for the dredging project. She said between their efforts and a full-court press by Senators Wyden and Merkley, along with Congressman Schrader and Oregon Representative David Gomberg, they were able to “get the job done” at $878,000 despite President Trump’s paltry offer of just $10,000.
Martin says they expect to see the dredger show up sometime in June, right after fish migrations are over.