The Florida Inland Navigation District (FIND) is sponsoring a maintenance dredge project of the Intracoastal Waterway (ICW) channel to -10 ft Mean Lower Low Water (MLLW) — its federally authorized depth — in a 4.5-mile section from the Port of Palm Beach to the Town of Palm Beach Docks.
This portion of the ICW channel has not received maintenance dredging since its original construction in the 1960’s; the project will restore shoaled areas (presently impeding navigation) to their federally authorized depths. Approximately 90,000 cubic yards of material from the ICW channel is being mechanically dredged and placed into a self-contained hopper barge, and transferred to the Palm Beach County Tarpon Cove Restoration Area. Orion Marine Construction Inc. is doing the dredge work, and Taylor Engineering is administering the project.
Dredging began in early March, will run 24 hours a day and is expected to continue through the end of May 2019.