Sen. Murray, Army Corps, and Port of Grays Harbor gather to celebrate Grays Harbor Channel Deepening Project

On Tuesday, May 26th, Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) will join officials from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) and the Port of Grays Harbor to celebrate

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Work begins to repair Point Chehalis Revetment near Westport jetty

WESTPORT, Wash. - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Seattle District, has scheduled to begin work Nov. 11 to repair and restore a 300-foot reach of the Point Chehalis revetment, including a 60-foot reach that could fail during a severe storm. The Corps has awarded a contract to Rognlin’s Inc. of Aberdeen, Wash., for $500,600 to complete the work by approximately Dec. 11.

The Point Chehalis Revetment is a system of 3,100 feet of armor stone revetment and six groins. The system is designed to provide protection of the coast line from strong and dynamic coastal wave action. Since 2000, there has been increased wave energy at the revetment and is related to significant change in bathymetry – depth measurements – through the harbor mouth.

Wave overtopping frequency continues to increase damage to both the revetment and groins. Several sections of the western end of the revetment are failing due to loss of armor stone as a result of annual severe winter storms.

An emergency repair was undertaken to fix an approximately 100-foot weak spot in advance of a moderately large coastal storm event Oct. 23-24, 2010.

The revetment is 2-3 feet below authorized height in areas where the structures core material dislodged from the structure. Displaced core material has led to overall loss of structure stability.

Army Corps of Engineers to begin annual dredging of Grays Harbor

SEATTLE, Wash. - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Seattle District, announced that the annual maintenance dredging of the Federal navigation channel in the Grays Harbor Inner Harbor will begin today and continue through Feb. 14, 2014 – the time of year particularly suited for dredging to ensure the least impact to aquatic species and resources.

Removal of approximately 1 million cubic yards of material will begin in the inner harbor near Aberdeen, Wash., extending to the middle of the harbor. The Corps’ Seattle District awarded a $4.2 million dredging contract to American Construction Co., Inc., of Tacoma, Wash. The project is expected to be completed by Feb. 15.

The channel requires annual dredging to allow shipping from the Pacific Ocean to the head of the navigation channel at Cosmopolis, Wash. Shoaling, sedimentation filling in the channel, reduces the ability of ships to enter and leave safely under full load or during low tide conditions.

Local Post Offices To Be Studied, No Closure List Available

ABERDEEN, Wash. - Grays Harbor Post Offices could see possible cutbacks, or closures depending on a study being conducted by the US Postal Service. Spokesman for the Seattle District Erny Swanson tells us they have begun a study to identify 2000 of their 32,000 offices that could be affected. "...to this point, there is no list, nothing has really been set in motion [yet] to identify possible offices for that list."

 

Announcements by the US Postal Service that they intend to close 2000 of their 32-thousand offices across the US have been met with opposition. Some Washington offices could be looking at delivery consolidation, or closure. In March officials will begin to study which offices could be targetted the Postal Service says a list of potential offices could be released within six months.

More powerful hydro turbine heads for Washington State

A new, 45-ton piece of a hydroelectric turbine began a 2,720-mile journey to the U.S. Army Corps of EngineersChief Joseph Dam in eastern Washington, where it will boost the renewable power generated by the Columbia River.

The turbine runner manufactured by Alstom Hydro under contract with the Corps requires a police escort in some areas, since it measures more than eight feet high and 16 feet in diameter. Its route from Alstom’s manufacturing facility in Sorel-Tracy, Quebec, Canada, was determined in part by weight limitations of roads and highways.

A runner is the central part of a hydroelectric turbine that rotates under the action of water to generate electric power.