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Ocean City is working with an outside engineering company to develop a sustainable dredging program to maintain lagoons and channels across the length of the island's bay side. Sign up for project update alerts by email.


A neighborhood meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday, October 19, at the Ocean City Tabernacle (550 Wesley Avenue) will detail the potential process for residents to conduct private boat slip dredging in Carnival Bayou, Sunny Harbor and South Harbor this fall. The mechanical dredge contractor for Sunny Harbor and South Harbor and the hydraulic contractor for Carnival Bayou will be present at the meeting. The contractors are authorized to conduct private dredging of slips in advance of a Dec. 1 cutoff date, in accordance with contract requirements. The presentation will include an update on the project timelines and information on the application process. Everybody is encouraged to attend to learn more. Anybody who is unable to attend will be able to find information from the meeting on this page.
Representatives of ACT Engineers presentation on Ocean City's 2017 bay dredging program and on various efforts to create a sustainable long-term plan to keep bayside channels and lagoons navigable. June 3, 2017. Dredging this year will take place at Carnival Bayou (between 16th Street and 17th Street), Sunny Harbor (between Walnut and Arkansas) and South Harbor (between Tennessee and Spruce).
Mobile Dredging and Video Pipe, Inc. has the contract to hydraulically dredge Carnival Bayou in fall 2017. Pipeline is now being mobilized and dredging work is expected to start by Oct. 16, 2017. The contractor is authorized to dredge private slips once the city contract is complete. The state Department of Transportation will contribute about $1.2 million of the project's estimated $1.6 million cost. Trident Marine was the low bidder on mechanical dredging of Sunny Harbor and South Harbor, and a contract is expected to be awarded on Oct. 12.


Presentation Files:
Dredging work at Snug Harbor, Glen Cove and South Harbor was completed by the end of October 2016. A temporary haul road to a confined disposal facility off Roosevelt Boulevard is complete and trucks are currently removing material.

SITE 83: Construction of a temporary road from Roosevelt Boulevard to a disposal site in the marshes began on May 16 (2016) and was completed in September 2016. Hauling began in late November 2016 and will continue through mid-2017. The project will clear material to make room for new projects that will be prioritized based on need (shallowest areas first).

SNUG HARBOR, GLEN COVE and SOUTH HARBOR: Work began in early September to dredge in Snug Harbor (between 8th Street and Revere Place), Glen Cove (between 10th Street and Walton Place) and the mouth of South Harbor (between Spruce Road and Tennessee Avenue). SEE MAPS OF THE AREAS THAT WERE DREDGED. Trident Piling was the contractor. Owners (at their own expense) were able to contract with Trident to dredge their private slips. The contractor used an excavator and barges to haul the material to a small CDF (confined disposal facility) underneath the Ninth Street Bridge, where it was hauled away by truck.

NOR'EASTER MARINA COMMUNITY: ACT Engineers is seeking permits (state Department of Environmental Protection and federal Army Corps of Engineers) on behalf of the city for the length of Ocean City's bay side. An existing mix of permits in Ocean City under various private and public jurisdictions includes many that are currently expired. The city hopes to have a uniform and universal permit in place by the end of 2017. Then projects at bayfront communities like the Nor'easter can be dredged (with owners paying for work at their own private slips).

Ocean City remains committed to dredging all parts of the bay side, but the city has essentially no place to deposit dredged material. Environmental regulations create substantial obstacles to new dredging projects. The city has hired ACT Engineers to develop a comprehensive dredging plan. The city also has contracted the services of a lobbyist, Tonio Burgos and Associates, in hopes of finding a cost-effective dredging solution that could save taxpayers millions. New surveys indicate as much as 900,000 cubic yards of material must be removed to restore all of Ocean City's bays and lagoons to a depth of five to six feet. The city's five-year capital plan dedicates $20 million to dredging.
Site 83 has a capacity of 250,000 to 300,000 cubic yards. It was full. Wickberg Marine Contracting had a $2.7 million contract to remove 50,000 cubic yards (by barge and truck) starting in 2015. Wickberg had removed about 42,000 cubic yards when the Army Corps of Engineers sent a “cease and desist order” in January. The order noted violations related to unauthorized manipulation of the areas where the barges and trucks traveled to transport the dredged material. The city and Wickberg worked with regulators on a restoration plan for the affected areas.
In December 2015, City Council awarded a $849,227 contract to Command Co Inc of Egg Harbor City to build a temporary road from Roosevelt Boulevard to Site 83. The new road allows for a more cost-effective process to clear material from Site 83. It is currently being trucked to various disposal sites.
A new disposal facility under the new Ninth Street Bridge on the Route 52 causeway allows for a small landing area (up to 8,000 cubic yards), where trucks can haul material away.
ACT Engineers is developing a wetlands restoration plan that would take advantage of a $2.6 million grant from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation to experiment with a new technique to “create and stabilize wetlands” -- essentially to spray dredged material over a wide area of marsh. 
  • Snug Harbor: Wickberg Marine had a $937,900 contract in 2015 to dredge 14,000 cubic yards of sediment from Snug Harbor to a depth of six feet. The contractor completed only two-thirds of the job, and the work window ended before private owners could (at their own expense) dredge their slips. A project to return to Snug Harbor in 2016 and dredge nearby Glen Cove (between 10th and 11th streets) and the bayfront in between is planned. 
  • 15th Street to 34th Street: Hydro-Marine Construction Company of Hainesport, NJ, had a $1.8 million contract in 2012 to dredge the lagoons between 15th and 34th streets. The contractor did not complete work on the contract by the end of a permitting window on Dec. 31, 2012, and was scheduled to resume work to complete the job on July 1, 2013, but never returned. The dredging company did not finish work at Carnival Bayou Lagoon (between 16th and 17th streets) or at parts of Venetian Bayou Lagoon (between 17th and 18th streets) and Clubhouse Lagoon (between Waterway Road and Clubhouse Drive). Hydro-Marine Construction removed 73,000 cubic yards of dredged material under a contract that called for the dredging of 106,000 cubic yards. Work stopped because Site 83 was filled to capacity.



2017 Dredging Program Town Hall Meeting (Dec. 10, 2016): Public Meeting Presentation.
(Representatives of ACT Engineers and city team members made a presentation about a proposed plan to use the Shelter Road Recycling Center as a short-term transfer point for dredged material. The concept could help salvage a dredging program for 2017.)
  • Dredging Meeting (12-10-16) Video:  Part 1
  • Dredging Meeting (12-10-16) Video:  Part 2
  • Dredging Meeting (12-10-16) Video:  Part 3
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  • Dredging Meeting (12-10-16) Video:  Part 7
  • Dredging Meeting (12-10-16) Video:  Part 8
  • Dredging Meeting (12-10-16) Video:  Part 9
  • Dredging Meeting (12-10-16) Video:  Part 10
  • Dredging Meeting (12-10-16) Video:  Part 11
  • Dredging Meeting (12-10-16) Video:  Part 12
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  • Dredging Meeting (12-10-16) Video:  Part 14
  • Dredging Meeting (12-10-16) Video:  Part 15
  • Dredging Meeting (12-10-16) Video:  Part 16