Dredging Project Kicks off in Lake Superior Harbor

By KBJR News 1

August 26, 2013 Updated Aug 26, 2013 at 6:17 PM CST

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- A three-year, $1.4 million dollar dredging project has kicked off in the Lake Superior Harbor.

Every year sediment from area rivers is deposited into the shipping channels creating dangerous depths for lakers and ocean-going vessels.

Crews are now working to remove nearly 115,000 cubic yards of sediment.

For the first time ever, the dredged material will be moved to the 21st avenue West embayment in hopes of establishing a water depth that would support vegetation and an aquatic habitat in that area.

The material is usually placed in the Erie Pier, but that facility is nearing capacity.

Corey Weston, Project engineer with the Duluth Army Corp of Engineers, says the project is important so ships can safely navigate the waters.

"If we don't continue to dredge and maintain the shipping channel then there's potential that ships could get grounded on the bottom,or it just causes a lot of problems with the local shipping industry," said Weston.

The project is expected to wrap up in November.

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