Don Young Port of Alaska in Anchorage
Don Young Port of Alaska in Anchorage

Lack of Cook Inlet ice allows Port of Anchorage dredging to start early

Published: April 13, 2016

Alaska Dispatch News
By: Annie Zak

Dredging at the Port of Anchorage, the perpetual task of digging silt out of the port's waters so ships can dock without hitting bottom, started early again this year to handle the extra silt built up because of the current configuration of the port.

A lack of ice this past winter in Cook Inlet allowed dredging equipment to come in and start the process months ahead of the usual schedule, ramping up March 23.

Previously, the dredging started around May and ran through October, but the past three winters it has started earlier and run longer since the port was reconfigured during a now-stalled modernization program. This year, it will run through mid-November.

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