Sediment Removal Project
The project is begining!
The contractor began site preparation. They are starting by using snowmobiles to pack down the path accross the marsh to the channel so it can freeze down to create a solid base for the mats that will create a roadway to the channel.
At this point we expect the channel to be closed to traffic after February 1st. Ice shanties will not be able to be moved between the lakes using the channel.
Dredging Project Photos
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Things are beginning to happen on the dredging front.
Janke is going to be in the bog today and Friday getting started on the road and will be working on the dewatering site.
On Tuseday 2-2 Joe Burger, Fred Swed and other members will place stakes through the ice along the west side of the channel to be used a measuring stakes for the removal process.
Eight truckloads of mats to build the roadway accross the marsh arrived today. Setting the mats in place began today. Seven more loads yet to come.
Work is is progressing fast. The temporary roadway is over 50% complete. Actual dredging may begin in a couple days.
Mats are being placed on the ice to reach the South end of the channel. Dredging may start tomarrow or Friday.
Both ends of the channel have been barricaded and work continues on the dewatering site.
The actual dredging started today. It's great to see this project actual happening!
The project is progressing at a frantic pace working 7 days a week. We are anticipating a first payment on the project in the next few days. Your contributions to the project are making this happen. If you wish to make an additional contribution or a first time contribution, NOW IS THE TIME! Any additional contributions will be used to remove additional sediment.
Send payment to:
Spirit Lakes Improvement Association
N153 Little Spirit Drive
We began measuring channel depth after dredging. Measurements will be taken every 100'. The total project will be approximately 1000'. 200' of the channel has been dredged.
Joe Burger and Joe Jr. taking depth measurements after dredging.
Dredging continues to progress at 100' or more per day.
A barge has been brought in to dredge both the South and North ends of the channel. Ice conditions weren't sufficient to support the backhoe on the ice.
Below is a video of the hoe on the barge. The sediment removal is a day or two from being complete.
The actual dredging finished up today. The removal of the mats also began today.
The project will be totally complete when the material in the dewatering site is moved to it's final resting place and the dewatering site restored int early summer 2010.