June 19, 2018
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Wind is only impediment to Milbridge dredging

By Sharon Kiley Mack, BDN Staff

MILBRIDGE, Maine — A $1.3 million dredging project, funded by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, is going well, Prock Marine project manager Steve Durrell said Monday.

The only hiccup for the Rockland-based company has been the weather.

“Mother Nature has thrown a couple of storms at us,” Durrell said. “Wind is our biggest problem.”

The barges must tow the dredged material from the Narraguagus River six miles to the Douglas Island disposal site in Narraguagus Bay.

“When the wind blows, we don’t work,” Durrell said.

The maintenance dredging began Nov. 9 and is expected to be completed by mid-January, if all goes well. Because of environmental restrictions, dredging operations at the project site are permitted only from November through April 2010.

The work consists of dredging about 65,000 cubic yards of silt, clay and sand, and possibly some boulders and debris, from the 11-foot west anchorage, 6-foot southwest anchorage and portions of the 11-foot channel. Those locations are near the Route 1 bridge, part of the river itself and the mouth of the river, Durrell said.

Nothing extraordinary has been found, he said. “It’s just mud.”

The dredged material is being removed by a mechanical dredge and scows. According to the Army Corps of Engineers, the Douglas Island disposal site is an infrequently used dredged-material site off the Milbridge coast, just northwest of Pond Island. The site last was used in 2004 for disposal of approximately 100,712 cubic yards of material from the Narraguagus River federal navigation project, also at Milbridge.

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