Monday, 26 February 2007

Arklow harbour and river to be dredged

Arklow harbour and the mouth of the Arklow River is set to be dredged for the first time in 20 years.

Harbour officials have applied for a permit from the Department of Communications, Marine and Natural Resources to carry out the work and dump the sediment in a specified zone off the Arklow coast.

Harbourmaster James Heaney said sand and sediment had built up and was affecting the usability of the harbour at low tides.

He said a removal of the sediment might also help to alleviate some of the flooding risk in the town.

If permission is granted it is estimated the work will take approxamitely a month to complete, depending on weather conditions.

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