Henderson Seal 01 300HENDERSON, Ky. (8/2/19) — The plan to clear the accumulated silt from the downtown boat ramps has been put on hold and will be delayed for a few weeks, city officials reported today.

The city has learned that its maintenance permit from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will require an amendment to allow dredging from a land-based operation, city spokeswoman Donna Stinnett reported. Approval of an amended permit may take three-four months.

The city had planned to have a contractor come in next week with a long-arm excavator to pull out the accumulated silt below the water level and place it in the area between the Second and Third streets, so it could be dried and hauled away.

While permit approval is pending, city crews will next week begin removing the dried materials that have been sitting between the ramps, Stinnett said. The city does have Corps permission to do dredging from a barge on the river, and that contractor may be available in three to four weeks to clean the ramps, if river levels and conditions allow.

It has been almost nine months since the Ohio River has been at summer pool level. That rise and fall of the river has generated the abnormal amount of silt being deposited at the riverfront.

The Third Street boat ramp is particularly in need of clearing, officials said, but the Second Street ramp is better. Boaters are asked to avoid the Third Street ramp and use the Second Street ramp, instead. The Hays Boat Ramp also is available for boat launching.

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