USACE has a week to dredge Rudee Inlet, so boats can safely pass

October 31, 2018

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' work horse, the Murden, returned to Virginia Beach last night to begin re-dredging Rudee Inlet and will continue dredging through Tuesday, Nov. 6. 

 

Earlier this month, on October 16, the U.S. Coast Guard issued a formal notice to mariners, warning them of serious shoaling conditions in the inlet and advising them to use extreme caution when entering it.   

 

The corps' vessel, Currituck, just dredged Rudee Inlet last August to address the shoaling problem and in so doing, removed 11,835 cubic yards of material. 

 

Now, the corps is back, to remove more sand and other materials blocking the waterway.

 

"Once again, realizing the seriousness of the current shoaling problem, the USACE has stepped up to help the city alleviate another serious problem for mariners in the inlet," said Drew Lankford, a city spokesman.  "They have committed the Murden to six days of dredging, to help alleviate with the current shoaling situation."

 

The term, "shoaling," is used when a waterway becomes too shallow for safe maritime passage, the result of too much sand and other sediment and materials accumulating underwater. 

 

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' work horse, the Murden, returned to Virginia Beach last night to begin re-dredging Rudee Inlet and will continue dredging through Tuesday, Nov. 6.

(Courtesy photo.) 

 

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