The Florida Inland Navigation District (FIND) is sponsoring a project to maintenance dredge the Intracoastal Waterway (IWW) channel to -10 ft. Mean Lower Low Water (MLLW) — its federally authorized depth — in a 4.5-mile section from the Port of Palm Beach to the Town of Palm Beach Docks.
This portion of the IWW channel has not received maintenance dredging since its original construction in the 1960’s; the project will restore shoaled areas (presently impeding navigation) to their federally authorized depths. Material from the IWW channel will be mechanically dredged by Orion Marine Construction, Inc., placed into a self-contained hopper barge, and transferred to the Palm Beach County Tarpon Cove Restoration Area.
Dredging will begin on a 24-hour basis mid-February 2019 and is expected to continue for about 90 days. During the project, every reasonable effort will be made to accommodate normal, safe navigation operations. However, mariners should be aware that clearances within the IWW will be reduced and navigability will be limited during dredge operations. Presently, the contractor has mobilized a barge temporarily to a location south of Peanut Island. The barge will be moved once the dredging work gets underway.
For more information, please contact Rob Weber, Coastal Program Manager, at 561-838-5440.