Dredging of the York Harbor Federal Navigation Project in York, Maine, began in November.
Prock Marine of Rockland, Maine was awarded the $1.7 million contract by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers New England District to undertake the project. Work includes the removal of 45,000 yards of material and placement at the Cape Arundel Disposal Site 10 miles off the coast of Kennebunkport.
For the project, the contractor is planning to use three 80-foot barges, with two used to store and transport dredge fill and the other to house an excavator that will be used to do the dredging. The area has not been dredged for 20 years and areas near the basin have become nearly impassable.
Earlier this fall, the company Riverside & Pickering brought a barge into the harbor to remove 70 floats, 130 blocks and 70 moorings from the river. The Town paid $190,000 for the removal and reinstallation that will happen in the spring once dredging is completed.
Obtaining funding for the small harbor project was challenging and took efforts from the Harbor Board, local and state congressmen and senators and lobbyists. The project was competing for funds with several other small harbors in the New England District.