Seattle — A U.S. Army Corps of Engineers contractor is staging equipment near LaPush, Washington, in anticipation for upcoming dredging operations.
Portable Hydraulic Dredging, Inc, from Eagle Creek, Oregon, is tentatively scheduled to start Sept. 25 on the $1.7 million project. The company will dredge about 70,000 cubic yards, working until December, barring weather delays.
The dredging operations are extremely important to support U.S. Coast Guard Station Quillayute River which performs search-and-rescue operations from the marina located on the Quileute Indian Reservation. The station’s area of responsibility covers 63 miles of Pacific Ocean coast and extends 50 nautical miles offshore. The dredging ensures continuous Coast Guard operations, allowing unfettered access of rescue vessels.
The marina is also an important Quileute Tribe asset. Their reservation is an 800-year-old Indian fishing village, which relies heavily on the marina and its access to the ocean.
The clean dredge material will be used for beach nourishment on Rialto Beach. Beach nourishment is the placement of the material on or near the beach, usually to re-nourish an eroding beach.
Seattle District officials work with state and federal agencies and Native American Nations on dredging operations to minimize aquatic ecosystem impacts. They prepare a Biological Evaluation in accordance with the Endangered Species Act and Environmental Assessment in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act.
Corps officials assure full compliance with the acts prior to starting. Potential dredging and disposal operations impacts are also avoided through implementation of U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service-designated timing restrictions.
Release no. 15-037