The Wahkiakum County Eagle - Established as The Skamokawa Eagle in 1891

Port 1 prepares to start dredging


January 19, 2017

Dan Ostrand and Clay Mullins from the Port of Portland attended the Wahkiakum Port District 1 meeting last Thursday to share some of their expertise about dredging.

According to the manager’s report, the two had stopped by the week before to look over the port’s dredge. They came up with a list of improvements for the vessel, including the purchase of another 350-400 feet of pipe and the relocation of some winches.

The pair made their suggestions and expressed their willingness to begin work immediately. After they left, the commissioners authorized Jackie Lea to spend up to $3,500 for the improvements.

According to the manager’s report, the port is still waiting for a permit to come through before they can begin dredging. Their work window closes at the end of February.

Also in the manager’s report:

• Sewer and water has been repaired in the camp sites behind the barbecue area.

• The new fish station now has a water connection.

• The port is hoping to plant 10 trees next to the town’s footbridge in the wetland area for mitigation purposes.

• Repairs have been made to the old gangway, including new grating on the deck.

• Reservations are already being made for the Spring salmon season.

County Commissioner Mike Backman came to the meeting looking to recruit a port representative to join him and other local officials for a regular monthly or quarterly meeting to talk about what they are doing around the county.

The commissioners agreed to give the matter some consideration.

The next meeting is scheduled for Thursday, February 9, at 5 p.m.


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