Cavache Inc. of Pompano Beach Florida was awarded a $6058675 Corps of Engineers maintenance dredging contract in September for the Intracoastal Waterway Indian River Reach 1 which includes Sebastian Inlet south to the Wabasso Causeway in the Indian River Lagoon Indian River County.
Cavache began mobilizing in October and the project is expected to last five months. It is funded in partnership with the Florida Inland Navigation District which contributed 70 percent of the cost and the Corps of Engineers which funded 30 percent.
Dredging within this reach of the IWW will also remove muck from the navigation channel Project Manager Shelley Trulock said. Muck is a combination of fine sand and decayed organic material that when stirred clouds the water and reduces sunlight.
Cavache will place the dredged material in Dredge Material Management Area IR2 located east of U.S. Highway 1 and west of the Intracoastal Waterway in Indian River County. The material is not suitable for beach placement.