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How Marsh Dredging Helps the Louisiana Coast

Louisiana’s wetlands serve as a natural buffer against storms and flooding, protecting the state’s coastline and communities. However, over the years, they’ve been disappearing at an alarming rate due to natural and human causes, which has led to an increased risk of flooding and erosion.

One of the ways that Louisiana is working to combat this problem is through marsh dredging

It’s the process of removing sediment, silt, and debris from the bottom of a body of water to increase its depth and flow. This process can help restore the wetlands’ natural habitats and improve the overall health of the ecosystem.

How marsh dredging works

Marsh dredging involves the use of specialized equipment to remove sediment and debris from the bottom of marshes, canals, and other waterways. Dredging machines can range from small, portable machines to large, self-propelled barges equipped with excavators and other heavy equipment.

The dredging process typically begins with a survey of the area to be dredged. This survey helps to determine the amount and type of sediment that needs to be removed and how deep the dredging should go. Once the survey is complete, the dredging crew sets up equipment and begins the dredging process.

The dredging machine uses a large bucket or scoop to excavate sediment and debris from the bottom of the waterway. The sediment is then transported to a designated area where it can be disposed of or used for other purposes, such as creating new marshland.

Benefits of marsh dredging

Marsh dredging can have several significant benefits for the Louisiana coast, including:

Restoring wetlands and wildlife habitats

Marsh dredging can help restore wetlands and wildlife habitats that have been damaged or destroyed by erosion, storms, and other natural and human causes. By removing sediment and debris from the bottom of waterways, dredging can help create new habitats for fish, birds, and other wildlife.

Improving water quality

Marsh dredging can also help improve water quality by removing sediment and other pollutants from the waterway. This can help reduce the risk of harmful algal blooms and other water quality issues that can harm wildlife and human health.

Reducing flooding and erosion risks

Marsh dredging can help reduce the risk of flooding and erosion by increasing the depth and flow of waterways. This can help prevent water from overflowing into nearby communities and reduce the amount of erosion caused by water currents.

Creating new land

In some cases, sediment and debris removed during marsh dredging can be used to create new land. This land can be used to create new wetlands, provide habitat for wildlife, and even support human development.

At Stan’s Airboat & Marsh Excavator Service, we have years of experience with marsh dredging in shallow water and wetland excavation. Our specialized equipment is able to navigate delicate environments without damage and access traditionally hard-to-reach areas. 

 Contact Stan’s today to request a quote!

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