By Boyd C. Allen

Pilot Staff Writer

J.E. McAmis, the marine contractor dredging the federal waterway near the mouth of the Rogue River, plans to complete work by Aug. 18.

McAmis is dredging a general entrance channel and an entry channel for the U.S. Coast Guard Station (USCG) to a depth of 12 feet, according to Army Corps of Engineers Coastal Project Manager Kate Groth.

Groth said they will also dredge an access channel into the boat basin and marina, but the depth of that channel has yet to be determined.

“We will need to complete a pre-dredge survey,” she said, “and then compute the appropriate depth.”

The $1.3 million project is overdue, according to Gold Beach Port Manager Andy Wright.

“There has been no dredging here for at least two and possibly three years,” Wright said. “We have experienced some serious shoaling issues.”

The Gold Beach Fire Department’s water rescue division, in conjunction with the Curry County Sheriff’s Office, reported rescuing three people from a sailboat near the mouth of the Rogue River June 8. The boat had run aground on a shoal.

Large amounts of material have built up in the bay and it is pushing its way up the river, Wright said.

McAmis will remove 122,000 cubic yards of material, according to Groth, and the dredging will allow safe access to the bay, the USCG station and the marina.

Gold Beach City Administrator Jodi Fritts said, “I’m glad they are dredging because maintenance of the channel is a huge public safety issue.”

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