Dec. 24, 2019 — The Port of Siuslaw is beginning the long-awaited dredging of the Siuslaw River marina after the arrival and flotation of the most important piece of equipment needed for the project, the dredge itself. The 40-ton vessel called The Laura was placed in the water Monday morning by workers from the International Port of Coos Bay and local port staff.
According to Port Manager Dave Huntington, the preliminary work needed to prepare the site began last week with the actual removal of mud and silt set to begin just after the first of the year. The project has taken almost two years to reach this stage, as the approval and funding elements of the process involved federal, state and local entities, all of which required extensive paperwork to proceed legally with the dredge work. The dredging of the docks and slip areas of the port should be completed by mid-January.