Dredging of the Assawoman Canal nears completion, less than a half-mile remaining.
The Assawoman Canal dredging project has been completed – the first-step in the development of the adjacent parkland along the banks of the canal. The project has been designed – and was implemented over the course of it – in a manner consistent with DNREC’s future recreation and preservation plans for the park area along the banks of the waterway.
In 1990, DNREC’s Division of Parks and Recreation obtained a deed for the Assawoman Canal and adjacent lands – a total of about 98 acres – from the National Park Service through the Federal Surplus Property Program.
The Canal dredging project involved both mechanical and hydraulic dredging methods from the northern end of the waterway at its confluence with White Creek, to the southern end of the waterway at Little Assawoman Bay. The channel was dredged to a width of 35 feet and a depth of 3.0 feet below mean low water (MLW). An estimated 34,000 cubic yards of material was removed from the Canal as part of the project.
With dredging completed in December of 2010, DNREC will be removing equipment from the canal throughout January 2011. Once the equipment removal is finished, a crew comprising Division of Watershed Stewardship and Delaware State Parks employees will traverse the canal and its shores on cleanup duty especially for any downed trees or limbs that are hindering navigation.