By Tom Kreidel, Naval Facilities Engineering Command Mid-Atlantic Public Affairs
NORFOLK (NNS) -- Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Mid-Atlantic awarded an $18 million contract Sept. 24 for maintenance dredging at Naval Weapons Station Earle, Colts Neck, New Jersey, to Weeks Marine, Covington, Louisiana.
According to Len Topp, a project manager with NAVFAC Mid-Atlantic's Northeast Integrated Product Team, the project will not begin until June 1, 2015, due to environmental concerns related to aquatic spawning and hatching of eggs.
"Virtually all of the turning basin and berths around piers 3A and 4 will require dredging the identified channel areas," he said.
He added that in addition to those areas, there will be dredging of the terminal channel and a portion of the Sandy Hook Federal Channel. When complete, the project will include the removal and offshore disposal of more than two million cubic yards of dredge material.
He says that routine hydrographic surveys are used to figure out when the area needs to be dredged, so projects can be planned ahead of time.
"Based on the differences between surveys, they determine a rate of siltation," he explained. "From there, they can project when births will become unusable."
The project is expected to be completed by September 2016.