ILWACO — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Portland is seeking comments on an application for a permit that would allow dredging in waters along the Columbia River.

The Port of Ilwaco has applied for a 10 year permit to maintain dredging to remove accumulated sediments and restore draft depths within the Ilwaco boat basin, according to a press release from the Corps. The project is aimed at the north shoreline of Baker Bay, adjacent to the Port of Ilwaco, Waterfront Way and Outer Harbor Way.

The Corps is soliciting comments on this proposal from the public, federal, state and local agencies, Indian tribes and other interested parties. Comments must be received by Jan. 25.

Ecology is also soliciting comments to consider and evaluate the possible impacts of the proposal.

The proposed dredging would remove a maximum of 50,000 cubic yards of sediment annually from the boat basin utilizing a 10-inch diameter hydraulic dredge. The dredging depth will range from Elevation -8 feet to -16 feet Mean Lower Low Water (MLLW) to provide the necessary draft for the vessels at use the facility.

The public notice is available at https://www.flashalert.net/id/USACEPDX.

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