(Dec. 7, 2018) Ocean City can anticipate extra inlet dredging work next year after Congress recently released roughly $6.9 billion to the Army Corps of Engineers fiscal 2019 Civil Works Program.
Chris Gardner, public affairs specialist with the Army Corps said besides the $600,000 already earmarked for Assateague bypass work, there is now another $250,000 dedicated for navigation-specific funding to dredge the Ocean City Inlet.
“This time Congress passed the budget with more money than the administration had asked for,” he said. “Occasionally, we’ll get money to do targeted dredging.”
Gardner said the financial windfall could, contingent on equipment availability, permit a third inlet dredging operation during 2019.
“It will be more focused on the actual inlet [but] will be the same dredges [and] crews [with] material still placed at Assateague,” he said.
The Army Corps has two shallow-draft dredging vessels, the Currituck and Murden, available to help maintain navigable waterways.
“They also may add a day(s) to an existing trip depending on the availability of the dredges,” he said.