The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers plans to conduct Grays Harbor maintenance dredging in the outer harbor beginning June 6, according to Army Corps spokesman Dallas Edwards.
The hopper dredge vessel Essayons is scheduled to arrive on or about June 6 at 7 p.m. and will dredge through about June 18; the exact departure date has yet to be determined, said Edwards. Dredging will occur in the federal channel in shoaled areas of the Entrance and Pt. Chehalis reaches, between Westport and Ocean Shores. The goal is to dredge approximately 300,000 cubic yards and place the dredged material in the Pt. Chehalis disposal site.
The Army Corps of Engineers is asking fishermen and crabbers to move their equipment away from the dredging area to avoid having it damaged. Fisherman and crabbers are encouraged to position themselves and their equipment at least 300 feet from any channel and disposal area boundary in order to provide a buffer zone to allow for the gear drifting into the area.