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Shem Creek dredging to start in the new year

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Shem Creek will be dredged between January and February Shem Creek will be dredged between January and February
MT. PLEASANT, SC -

A famous landmark in Mount Pleasant will be getting some much-needed attention beginning in the new year.

Engineers from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will begin dredging areas of the Charleston Harbor and Shem Creek, beginning in January. 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.

Crews said if they don't dredge the creek, boats will have a difficult time navigating their way into the creek.

"It's important for the commerce, especially in Shem Creek since we have a fishing fleet to be able have them go in and out at anytime and not be tide dependent on bringing their boats to the dock," project manager David Warren said.

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.

Rial Fitch has owned Mt. Pleasant Seafood for more than 30 years. While the dredging will cause some issues for his business, he said it's necessary for the creek.

"It's a problem, but it's a necessary problem," Fitch said. "It's a problem that we have to put up with because we need the creek to be dredged."

Fitch's business relies on the fresh seafood that the shrimp trawlers and other boats deliver.

The U.S. Corps of Engineer's project manager said they are working as hard as they can to make sure people like Fitch aren't negatively affected by the dredging.

"We're making every effort to make the folks who use Shem Creek know that it's a short term inconveniences for a long-term benefit for them," Warren said.

Warren said they will take the mud and soot to Morris Island. While there have been complaints about previous dredging, Warren said they assure everyone working and living near the area that they will dispose of any debris.

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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