From Rock Hall Mayor Bob Willis:
I am pleased to announce the completion of Rock Hall’s dredging project at the entrance of our harbor. The new day marker “5″ is now in position. The measures taken will certainly provide for safe passage in and out of our harbor. Before this, navigating the entrance was becoming very treacherous at times. Our local economy will see a gain from this action and during these uncertain economic times, it surely is needed.
Following is press release information provided by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources – Boating Services Division:
From Fred Bedell, Maryland Dept. of Natural Resources - Boating Services
580 Taylor Ave., E-4, Annapolis, Maryland 21401
The controlling depth will be 7’ MLW, based on this survey and using the Army Corps tide board located at the boat ramp. I hope we can monitor this channel to see if we can extend the cycles between dredging. I will do another survey at the end of July and end of August to see how the channel is holding up.
Rock Hall entrance channel had always angled to the west after passing the jetties at the entrance and frequently had problems with sand filling the channel from the North West side. We followed the Coast Guard marked channel for our maintenance dredging. This channel is more to the east of the old Army Corps defined channel and is straight out of the harbour. We feel this straight alignment will allow for better flushing of the harbour and stay open for a longer period of time then the original channel that had a bend in it.
Press Release Data Form
Event Type (Bid Award, etc): Project Completion – Rock Hall Harbor Dredging
Event Details ( N/A): Dredging completed the first week of June.
Grant Recipient: Kent County
Project Name: Rock Hall Harbor Channel Dredging
Project Location: Town of Rock Hall Harbor
Waterway: Chesapeake Bay
Project Scope of Work: Approximately 6400 cubic yards of silt and clay was removed from the entrance channel to Rock Hall and transported in watertight truck to a existing placement site approximately 7 miles from Town. The channel now has a minimum depth of 7 feet below mean low water and has been realigned to follow the Coast Guard marked channel straight out of the harbour. It is expected that the straight alignment will allow for better flushing of the harbour and stay navigable for a longer period of time. Previously, the channel angled to the west after passing the jetties at the entrance and frequently had problems with sand filling the channel from the North West side.
Start Date: May 2, 2012
Completion Date: June 5, 2013
Total Project Cost: $230,663
DNR Cost Share: $230,663
Type of WWI Fund Grant (100%): Maintenance Dredging 100%
Federal U.S. Fish & Wildlife Funds: $ N/A
Local Contact Person: Jim Wright, County Engineer, Kent County Department of Public Works, 410-778-7407
Project’s Benefit to Boating Public:
Residents and visiting boaters can safely access the many restaurants, marinas, marine related services around Rock Hall Harbor. Watermen and charter fishermen rely on the harbor to be safely navigable to earn a living.