Dredging issues

Posted: Tuesday, April 09, 2002

Juneau is dredging 2,700 cubic yards of bottom sediment from the seaward side of the cruise ship dock. This removes more than 4,700 tons of mass from the slope below the pilings. Dredged areas are not flat; they are like a cluster of bomb craters. Many of the holes will be deeper than the six feet required in the

contract. Bigger cruise ships docking in this area will cut further into the slope with bow and stern thrusters that turn packed mud substrate to pudding. At the very least, the town should reject any plan that increases weight on top of the docks.

Dick Callahan


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