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Maintenance Dredging by the USACE
Posted on Dec 23rd, 2019
Photo Tom Folger folgerstudios.com
Despite rumors of a nation-wide shortage of dredges needed on the Mississippi because of past flooding, they look to be available for work on parts of the river - but not the mouth. Hydraulic dredging equipment was seen heading upriver on Sun Dec 22. The cutterhead is located at the very forefront of the dredge and excavates soil from the river bottom. See more of Tom Folger's photos of the dredge.
USACE Hydrographic Survey Map 12-13-19. This example shows the depth of the water where the San Bernard meets the Intracoastal Waterway (not the Gulf). Darkest blue color is over 15 ft. Red color is 1 - 3 ft. Maintenance dredging by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Galveston District is currently underway just east of the intersection.
A survey boat was seen recently on the river collecting hydrographic data on the San Bernard river bed. This data describes the depth of the river plus any other features usually used needed for dredging purposes. Dredging is planned at the Phillips 66 terminal area located on the river 4.5 miles above the Union Pacific Railroad bridge crossing. This is probably to deepen area for improved barge navigation.
Dredging everywhere but the mouth - like the song says “So close, yet so far away. We believe in tomorrow, maybe more than today...” Dredging open the mouth is planned for Fall 2020.