Going deeper - Shem Creek being dredged

  • Thursday, January 9, 2014

Dredging in Shem Creek begins at the end of January. FILE PHOTO/SPARKY WITTE


The start of 2014 marked the first time in years that some much needed attention was paid to Shem Creek.

Engineers from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers began dredging areas of the Charleston Harbor and Shem Creek last week.

Crews said they expect to be in the channel of the creek during sometime in February. It’s a routine that has to happen about every ten years.

The creek has noticeably silted in over the years, causing navigation difficulties.

The fishing fleet needs to be able to bring their boats to the dock without the fear of running aground. The fleet has diminished some over the years, but before, when there were numerous boats going up and down the creek, much of the silt was chummed out by their engines.

With fewer boats, there is less engine chumming activity.

The mud has silted in significantly at the town owned docks on Shem Creek, prohibiting boats from utilizing the facility.

The nearly $970,000 project will take between 30 and 45 days. Officials said some boaters may need to move their boats so the barge and other machinery can maneuver throughout the creek.

The mud and soot will be hauled to Morris Island.

Mount Pleasant Town Administrator Eric DeMoura said, “The increased depth of Shem Creek will directly support our commercial fishing industry, improve the access to our public park, allow a wider navigation channel for larger boats, and be beneficial to all water related activities that will ultimately support residents, local businesses along the creek and our tourist industry.”

If you have any questions or concerns about the project, you can call the U.S. Corps of Engineers at 843-329-8136.


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