SEARSPORT HARBOR DREDGING
The US Army Corps of Engineers is partnering with Maine Department of Transportation in proposing maintenance and improvement dredging of Searsport harbor. It is the “improvement” dredging that is problematic for the following reasons:
The area to be dredged covers a far larger area than the existing channels and dock areas. It is deeper than any previous dredging.
The ACE Notice states that of the proposed amount of material to be removed (929,000 cubic yards) only 37,000 cubic yards (or 4%) will be removed for necessary maintenance dredging. Maintenance dredging is necessary for safety reasons and is not a problem.
892,000 cubic yards is designated to be removed for the “improvement” project. In other words, expansion project.