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No immediate need to dredge major creeks

by Larry Chowning

The Middlesex County Board of Supervisors learned at its May 7 meeting that channel surveys of Broad and Jackson creeks in Deltaville were recently conducted by the United States Army Corps of Engineers.

The survey showed that the recent maintenance dredging of Jackson Creek was successful but there are early signs of shoaling in Broad Creek’s channel. It has been about 10 years since Broad Creek has had a major dredge. Although the survey showed some shoaling, it stated there is currently no need for the maintenance dredging of Broad Creek.

According to a report from the Middle Peninsula Chesapeake Bay Public Access Authority, the “probable annual average” cost for maintaining navigational channels for the seven “Corps Survey Creeks” in Middlesex County is $415,000 annually with Broad and Jackson creeks together costing $137,000 and Urbanna Creek $73,000. 

There is currently shoaling in the bottom of the Rappahannock River leading into Urbanna Creek, which may need to be addressed. Kimbrough said he plans to work with Saluda District supervisor Pete Mansfield to have a survey done to determine the severity of the shoaling. 

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posted 05.16.2019

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