La Conner marina begins dredging project

October 7, 2018

LA CONNER — The Port of Skagit began dredging the La Conner Marina last month as part of a four-part project to remove about 135,000 cubic yards of accumulated sediment.

To comply with environmental stipulations to project fish habitat, the project, which will remove sediment from the north and south basins, will take place between July and February each year.

The project is being undertaken to ensure safe, navigable conditions, according to a Port of Skagit news release, and is expected to be completed in 2021.

Harbormaster Darla Pyke said work began in the south basin in the middle of September and will continue through the end of January. It will then pick up again in July.

Together, the two moorage basins cover approximately 24 acres.

According to the news release, the marina has lost between 3 and 6 feet of depth since its last dredging in 2005.

Dredging was planned for the summer of 2017, but an Operating Engineers Local 302 strike put the project on hold, Pyke said.

The port along with Geo Engineers and Pacific Pile and Marine are using a combination of hydraulic and mechanical dredging to remove the sediment and take it to a disposal site in Rosario Strait off the shore of Anacortes.

Recreational and commercial marina use will be on a first-come-first-serve basis between July and February, Pyke said.

At this point, she doesn’t know how limited the marina will be.

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