Port Everglades Harbor Maintenance Dredging,
42-Foot Project

Date: November 22, 2020 - March 5, 2021

GrimDeeper was contracted to perform third-party turbidity monitoring on this Port Everglades Harbor Maintenance Dredging, 42-Foot Project in Broward County, Florida. USACE is the contracting officer, with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) providing environmental oversight. Weeks Marine, Inc (“WMI”) is the prime dredging contractor.

This project involves the mechanical dredging, using the clamshell dredge “W506” and the Trailing Suction Hopper Dredge (‘TSHD’) “R.N. WEEKS”, of approximately 292,000 cubic yards of material from the Port Everglades Harbor and Federal entrance channel. An estimated 135,000 cubic yards will be placed at the offshore Ocean Dredge Material Disposal Site (ODMDS) and the remaining material will be utilized to re-nourish approximately 0.8 miles of beach on the southern side of the Federal channel.

Prior to the beginning of this dredging project, GRIMDEEPER personnel were onsite in Port Everglades during September 15, 2020 – October 14, 2020 providing Captain / Vessel services working with scientific and biological dive teams to perform seagrass surveys of most of Port Everglades. The protection of seagrass in Port Everglades is paramount to environmental considerations regarding dredging.

Phase II of the project started on February 12, 2021. This phase of the project will utilize the TSHD “R.N. WEEKS” to dig material from the Federal entrance channel and then pump off the material into a beachfill discharge pipe located on the ICW.

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