The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, in partnership with local sponsor Port of Everett, will begin maintenance dredging of the lower channel and settling basin of Everett Harbor and Snohomish River December 9, 2020.
USACE awarded the contract to J.E. McAmis of Chico, California, for $1.5 million. Approximately 65,000 cubic yards of material will be dredged from the downstream channel and approximately 100,000 cubic yards from the lower settling basin. Both will be performed using a clamshell dredge with material placed on a barge and disposed of at the Department of Natural Resources’ Port Gardner open water disposal site.
Prior to dredging, the material is tested and USACE prepares a biological evaluation in accordance with the Endangered Species Act. USACE assures full compliance with the act prior to starting, and potential impacts are avoided through implementing timing restrictions designated by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
Boaters in the area should slow down, pass on the marina side of the dredge, pay attention to rig markings, avoid and be cautious around the dredging operations. The operation will run 24/7 and should be completed by mid-February 2021.
About the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
One of the Seattle District’s primary missions is to maintain the navigation channels and harbors in the Pacific Northwest. Maintenance and navigation dredging are done frequently in harbor areas, ports and marinas. A significant component of Washington’s economy depends on navigation and commerce, which in turn depends on dredging the state’s waterways, such as the Everett Harbor and Snohomish River.
Release no. 20-124