DETROIT – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Detroit District, awards a contract for maintenance dredging of the Channels of Lake St. Clair.
The contract for almost $872,000 was awarded to Luedtke Engineering Company, of Frankfort, Mich.
Luedtke will dredge approximately 35,000 cubic yards of sand, silt and organic material from the channel. The material will be placed at the mouth of the Clinton River to be used in a wetland creation project that has been identified as a necessary action for delisting the Clinton River Area of Concern.
“This dredging project presents a great opportunity to beneficially use the materials as part of a larger plan to restore environmental conditions and a former dredged material disposal facility at the mouth of the Clinton River,” said Lt. Col. Dennis Sugrue, district engineer.
The dredged material will be placed in Lake St. Clair near the mouth of the Clinton River just south of the Harley Ensign Boating Memorial Site. Prior to material placement, trees with rootwads attached will be anchored to the lake bottom at the edge of the placement area to help break up waves and reduce the likelihood that material will move. Creation of this wetland area will contribute to the restoration of fish and wildlife habitat and populations in the Clinton River and Lake St. Clair.
The contract was awarded under the Corps’ Multiple Award Task Order Contract, MATOC, which the Detroit District established with 11 companies capable of dredging in the Great Lakes. The MATOC is designed to provide greater flexibility and expedite the bid solicitation-award process for dredging in Great Lakes commercial shipping channels and harbors.
The maintenance dredging is expected to begin in late July or August and wrap up in October.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Detroit District, maintains a navigation system of 91 harbors and four connecting channels, including the channels joining lakes Superior, Michigan, Huron, St. Clair and Erie. For more details, contact Lynn Rose, public affairs officer, (313)-226-4680.