DMMO Announces 2018 Dredging Plans for Richmond Outer Harbor

At the Dredged Material Management Office’s meeting on May 23, it was announced that the Richmond Outer Harbor will be dredged to a limited degree in 2018 despite initial concerns that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) would not undertake any dredging of the area in 2018. The USACE’s application for the project states that a maximum of 500,000 cubic yards will be dredged, with work starting as soon as June and being completed at a later date; likely in October. Unfortunately this amount of dredging is likely not enough to reduce the need for “light loading” of ships coming in and out of the harbor, many of which carry petroleum and related products that are a critical part of the Bay Area’s economy. BPC hopes that the amount of dredging can be increased and continues to actively work towards this goal on a variety of fronts.

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