|Lagoon Study on Tap|
Published: Friday, 27 April 2012 04:43
Alameda Hospital appears just beyond the lagoon west of Oak Street. The water features were created to placate property owners who would have lost their waterfront views after the creation of the South Shore development project of the 1950s./p>
City applies for funds to research dredging project
The city council has set the stage to allow dredging of the South Shore lagoons. Homes abut the shorelines of these lagoons that Utah Construction created in the 1950s as part of the South Shore project.
At its last meeting the city council approved a contract with CLE Engineering. For $112,800 the company will evaluate, analyze and prepare engineering documents ahead of the planned dredging project.
In November 2009, CLE analyzed the lagoons and identified both metals and pesticides in the sediment.
If all goes as planned the dredged material will be transported to the Northwest Territories on Alameda Point. City staff and the lagoon's homeowners' association prefer the Point because the dredged material can be transported to the site more cost effectively by way of a pipeline, rather than by trucks or barges.
The Navy will accept the dredged material only if the city can show that the material meets both state and regional environmental requirements and is suitable for placement on the site.
The Navy says that it proposes to stockpile the material on-site for later use as landfill cover material.
The Public Works Department's capital improvement program and money from the state's urban runoff fund are paying for half the project. The lagoon's homeowners' association are paying for the other half; no General Fund money is being used.