Dredging the Lower Wicomico River Begins - WBOC-TV 16, Delmarvas News Leader, FOX 21 -

Dredging the Lower Wicomico River Begins

Posted: Updated:

NANTICOKE, Md.- Dredging of the lower Wicomico River began off the shoreline of Ellis Bay.

The 3.6 million dollar project began in March.

Chris Gardner from the US Army Corps of Engineers said nearly 80 thousand cubic yards of dredged material will be removed from the lower Wicomico River to ensure safe navigation along this federal channel.

The Army Corps of Engineers are dredging right off the banks of Ellis Bank. They said that keeping this waterway clear is vital to not just the vessels that use it each week but also the economy of the Eastern Shore.

Gardner said they are restoring the part of the lower Wicomico River to it's authorized depth of 14 feet and a width of 75 feet.

President of Chesapeake Shipbuilding Anthony Servern said without proper maintenance of this waterway, the Eastern Shore would be in trouble.

"There's barges that bring in corn from across the bay. They need a deep channel; there's barges that bring in stone and rock for construction because there isn't any stone on the eastern shore even to make concrete with. it all has to come in, in barges. And then there's the ones that bring in oil and gasoline," Severn said.

Salisbury University Professor of Biology, Judith Stribling explained where they deposit the excess silt and sand after the dredging process is finished.

"They're taking some of that material and putting it on areas of tidal marsh down near the mouth of the river that have eroded so they're restoring the historical shoreline extent with this material," Stribling said.

Gardner said they should be done dredging within the next month or so. 

  • Delmarvawide NewsDelmarvawide NewsMore>>

  • In Suit, DNC Blames Election Loss on Trump-Russia Alliance

    In Suit, DNC Blames Election Loss on Trump-Russia Alliance

    Apr 20, 2018 1:05 PM2018-04-20 17:05:00 GMT
    Friday, April 20 2018 1:05 PM EDT2018-04-20 17:05:50 GMT
    In this AP file photo, President Donald Trump meets with Russian President Vladimir Putin at the G20 Summit, Friday, July 7, 2017, in Hamburg.In this AP file photo, President Donald Trump meets with Russian President Vladimir Putin at the G20 Summit, Friday, July 7, 2017, in Hamburg.
    In this AP file photo, President Donald Trump meets with Russian President Vladimir Putin at the G20 Summit, Friday, July 7, 2017, in Hamburg.In this AP file photo, President Donald Trump meets with Russian President Vladimir Putin at the G20 Summit, Friday, July 7, 2017, in Hamburg.
    The Democratic National Committee on Friday sued President Donald Trump's campaign, Trump's son, his son-in-law, the Russian Federation and Wikileaks, saying they conspired to help Trump win the 2016 presidential election.More
    The Democratic National Committee on Friday sued President Donald Trump's campaign, Trump's son, his son-in-law, the Russian Federation and Wikileaks, saying they conspired to help Trump win the 2016 presidential election.More
  • Stephen Guthrie Hired as New Sussex Technical School District Superintendent

    Stephen Guthrie Hired as New Sussex Technical School District Superintendent

    Apr 20, 2018 11:12 AM2018-04-20 15:12:00 GMT
    Friday, April 20 2018 11:31 AM EDT2018-04-20 15:31:50 GMT
    The Sussex Technical School District Board of Education has voted to hire Stephen H. Guthrie as new superintendent of schools.More
    The Sussex Technical School District Board of Education has voted to hire Stephen H. Guthrie as new superintendent of schools.More
  • 3 Hurt After Car Hits Tractor-trailer Head-on in Seaford

    3 Hurt After Car Hits Tractor-trailer Head-on in Seaford

    Apr 20, 2018 8:12 AM2018-04-20 12:12:00 GMT
    Friday, April 20 2018 8:41 AM EDT2018-04-20 12:41:26 GMT
    Delaware State Police say three people were injured - two critically - after the car they were riding in collided head-on with a tractor-trailer at the intersection of Old Furnace and Middleford roads in Seaford late Thursday night.More
    Delaware State Police say three people were injured - two critically - after the car they were riding in collided head-on with a tractor-trailer at the intersection of Old Furnace and Middleford roads in Seaford late Thursday night. More
  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • State Police Arrest Two Kent County Men for Meth Lab

    State Police Arrest Two Kent County Men for Meth Lab

    Apr 19, 2018 11:50 PM2018-04-20 03:50:00 GMT
    Friday, April 20 2018 7:25 AM EDT2018-04-20 11:25:31 GMT
    Narven Marvel (left) & Douglas Hutchins Jr. (right)Narven Marvel (left) & Douglas Hutchins Jr. (right)
    Narven Marvel (left) & Douglas Hutchins Jr. (right)Narven Marvel (left) & Douglas Hutchins Jr. (right)
    Delaware State Police said they arrested two men Wednesday for making meth in Kent County.More
    Delaware State Police said they arrested two men Wednesday for making meth in Kent County. More
  • 3 Hurt After Car Hits Tractor-trailer Head-on in Seaford

    3 Hurt After Car Hits Tractor-trailer Head-on in Seaford

    Apr 20, 2018 8:12 AM2018-04-20 12:12:00 GMT
    Friday, April 20 2018 8:41 AM EDT2018-04-20 12:41:26 GMT
    Delaware State Police say three people were injured - two critically - after the car they were riding in collided head-on with a tractor-trailer at the intersection of Old Furnace and Middleford roads in Seaford late Thursday night.More
    Delaware State Police say three people were injured - two critically - after the car they were riding in collided head-on with a tractor-trailer at the intersection of Old Furnace and Middleford roads in Seaford late Thursday night. More
  • Second Suspect Arrested in Connection to Lewes Robbery

    Second Suspect Arrested in Lewes Robbery

    Apr 19, 2018 9:24 PM2018-04-20 01:24:00 GMT
    Thursday, April 19 2018 9:40 PM EDT2018-04-20 01:40:40 GMT
    Courtesy of Delaware State PoliceCourtesy of Delaware State Police
    Courtesy of Delaware State PoliceCourtesy of Delaware State Police
    Delaware State Police said they arrested the second suspect connected to the April 10th robbery and assault of a landlord.More
    Delaware State Police said they arrested the second suspect connected to the April 10th robbery and assault of a landlord. More
Powered by Frankly

All content © Copyright 2000 - 2018 WBOC. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, and Terms of Service, and Ad Choices