Let’s talk dirt. Dredging is a not-so-glamorous, but critically important aspect of our Galveston Wharves business.

Every year we dredge along our waterfront to maintain depths of 40-45 feet needed to accommodate the about 1,000 ships that call on the port each year. This year we’ll spend about $1.5 million to dredge an estimated 135,000 cubic yards, enough to fill 41 Olympic swimming pools.

Rodger Rees is port director and CEO for the Port of Galveston.

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JD Arnold

"The contractor uses a mechanical dredge ". Typically, a mechanical dredge consists of a barge mounted crane utilizing a drag bucket or a clam bucket which removes material one bucket at a time. The material is placed in an alongside barge scow which when full is towed to an approved area where the dredged materials are dumped. The method you have described is known as hydraulic suction dredging. At least that is how I remember it from my dredging days of the past. Thanks for the article, it's good that the public understands this vital process.

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