DEPARTMENT OF LAND AND NATURAL RESOURCES
PETER T. YOUNG, CHAIRPERSON
Phone: (808) 587-0401
Fax: (808) 587-0390
For Immediate Release:
DLNR Notifying Boaters Of Channel Dredging
HILO -- The Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) is notifying boaters that dredging work within the Wailoa small boat harbor entrance channel will tentatively begin on Thursday, April 5, with the arrival of a dredge barge.
"A barge is coming to take on the next phase of dredging; unfortunately it is being repaired and the dredging is delayed. Until the barge arrives, Wailoa Harbor users may continue to enjoy uninhibited use of the harbor," said Peter Young, DLNR Chairperson. “However, once the barge arrives and is on site to work in the entrance channel, a modified schedule for access will be followed.”
“While it is important to complete this project as soon as possible, we have arranged with our contractor during this next phase to provide access for boaters to enter and exit the harbor, on a limited basis that works around the construction schedule,” said Young.
Arrival of the barge has been delayed due to mechanical problems which needed to be fixed by DLNR’s contractor, American Marine Corp.
DLNR’s Division of Boating and Ocean Recreation has posted signs at the Wailoa harbor launch ramp (which remains open) and in the harbor to advise boaters that the harbor mouth is open --until the barge arrives and is stationed in the entrance channel. When the dredge barge is in place and operating, the channel will not be accessible to vessels.
Following is the modified access schedule that will alternate with active channel dredging:
The entrance channel will be opened when the dredge barge stops operating on weekends -- on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, and state holidays.
It will also be opened overnight, from 3:30 p.m. to 7 a.m. on Monday through Thursday. For emergency access to the harbor, boaters should call the contractor on VHF Channel 69.
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