Santa Rosa, CA – July 5, 2017 – The United States Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) has released its work plan for Fiscal Year 2017, which includes $4.285 million for maintenance dredging of the interior channel of Bodega Bay. Bodega Bay is located in Sonoma County on the California Coast about 60 miles north of San Francisco.
“The County’s federal legislative program delivered a homerun with securing over $4 million for much needed Bodega Bay dredging,” said Sonoma County Board of Supervisors Chairwoman Shirlee Zane. “The County appreciates the support of Congressmen Huffman and Thompson and others who helped deliver this funding and
is grateful to former
Regional Parks Director Caryl Hart for her advocacy efforts in this competitive funding process. This is another great example of how our region is working together to deliver federal funding for local projects that support our economy and strategic priorities.”
Bodega Bay’s Operations and Maintenance schedule provides for periodic inspection and repair of three breakwaters and infrequent (11-year cycle) maintenance dredging of the Federal Channel to a depth of 12 feet. Recent sounding surveys indicate that shoaling, or a growing mound of sediment, is occurring and
dredging is required. The last dredging episode was in 2004, with the entire 120,000 cubic yards of materials disposed of at a Deep Offshore Disposal Site located approximately 60 miles from Bodega Bay.
“Not only does this funding support the community in
Sonoma County’s 5th District, but its impact will have ripple effects on the entire North Coast which relies on Bodega Bay as a major transportation hub for commercial and sport fishing, recreational crafts, and the U.S. Coast Guard’s search-and-rescue station,” said Sonoma County Supervisor Lynda Hopkins.
“I would like to say thank you to our Congressional delegation, officials at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and our community for their ongoing support of this critical infrastructure project.”
Bodega Bay is the center of the County’s commercial and sport fishing industries, which exist by virtue of the federal channel leading to Bodega Harbor.
Sonoma County Regional Parks manages three Bodega Bay marinas (
Spud Point, Mason’s and the
Sport Fishing Center at Porto Bodega) and two parks and campgrounds on the Bay (