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New dredging method to be tested at Cold Lake Marina

A pilot project to test a new method of dredging will start immediately after the Cold Lake Marina is closed for the 2020 boating season, says city officials.

The city says the last full day of Marina operations will be October 11. All boaters are expected to have their boats out of the marina by the end of the day October 12 so that preparations for the dredging operation can begin the next day. Council approved the $50,000 pilot project to test a method of dredging that is expected to result in significant cost savings.

“These are not simple projects because of the environmental regulations and approvals required,” Chief Administrative Officer, Kevin Nagoya, said. “Traditional methods of dredging would cost about $1 million to complete the marina.”

Completion of the pilot project will allow administration to assess the dredging method’s effectiveness, and also to arrive at an accurate cost for the new method versus the more traditional means of dredging. The city says Marina dredging is important maintenance in the facility that helps to maintain proper channel depth, control aquatic plant growth, and ensure proper water circulation in the facility.

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“The Cold Lake Marina is an iconic community amenity that supports tourism, the local business community, and adds to the quality of life in the community,” Mayor Craig Copeland said. “We are happy to see that administration is working towards efficient and cost-effective methods to maintain and improve its function.”

Environmental approvals and mitigation methods such as a fish salvaging program have been put in place in order for the program to proceed.

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