Dredging of the Chincoteague Inlet federal navigation channel is complete for this year. The Dredge Currituck worked for 21 days to remove potentially hazardous shoals from the inlet bottom.
Norfolk District survey vessels will use SONAR to get a detailed look at the navigation channel to ensure the
sandbars forming on the bottom have been removed.
"We have a pretty good idea that the Currituck got the problem areas removed, but we use the survey vessels as a confirmation; as well as we can determine exactly how much sand was removed and how deep the channel is after dredging," said Gregg Williams, Norfolk District dredging project manager.
The Chincoteague Inlet is a critical channel for commercial fishing vessels. The island has the largest commercial port on the Eastern Shore, handling more than 3,000 vessels a year.
source: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Public Affairs Office