Posted November 21, 2018 07:18:12As the USACE Pipeline dredging operation continues, dredge equipment is being shut down to protect the dredge pipelines.
Dredge equipment that was installed to protect dredge and water quality infrastructure is being removed to prevent erosion and to minimize the risk of a rupture.
The USACE says the equipment is to protect water quality and prevent flooding from the construction of the dredging project.
Officials say that the equipment has not yet reached the waterway, so the project will not start until it has completed its work.USACE spokesman John Bransfield said the equipment will remain in place until the construction is completed, which is expected to take several months.
He said that the dredges are being removed so they can not be exposed to the elements, and are not to be touched until the project is complete.
This is a major project that is a part of a long-term investment in USACE’s ability to deliver critical infrastructure and to keep the public safe, Branswell said.
He noted that the company has received thousands of requests for the equipment, but he declined to give a specific number of requests.
The project involves the construction and installation of dredging infrastructure at the mouth of the Mississippi River, and includes dredging of the Dredge Line, the pipeline that carries water from the Gulf of Mexico to New Orleans.