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Queens Creek dredging to begin later this month

Residents of Queens Creek will finally get some relief from the shoaling that has plagued boaters on the creek for years. 

Queens Creek residents Chris and Bill Burry said in an e-mail that the dredge Grace II, which is owned by U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ contractor Southern Maryland Dredging Company, anchored inside Cow Point at the entrance to the creek last week.

The crew will begin setting up next week, said Southern Maryland’s Director of Operations Erika Goldman, and she expects dredging to begin late next week or early the following week. The expected completion date is Jan. 28, she said.

According to last week’s Local Notice to Mariners, there will be approximately 5,400 feet of pipeline at the maximum and it will be continuously marked with orange buoys. In addition to the Grace II, said the notice, there will be an anchor barge and three small work skiffs at the site, and dredging will occur Monday through Friday.

Goldman said that during operati...

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