Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway- Sawpit Dredging Project underway

Published Feb. 20, 2019

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is conducting maintenance dredging of the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway (AIWW) within the Sawpit Reach in Nassau County.

            The project will remove approximately 600,000 cubic yards of sand from the AIWW, restoring the channel to the authorized depth of 12 feet. Material dredged from the AIWW channel is beach quality sand and compatible with the beach at Amelia Island State Park. The beach quality material pumped from the AIWW is being placed on the beach near the southern park boundary. Sand placed on the beach helps to nourish the active shoreline of Amelia Island State Park.

A very small quantity of dredge material not compatible with the beach will be placed in a dredge material management area in the vicinity of the AIWW.

            Dredging operations, performed by Southwind Construction Corporation, will run 24 hours/7 days a week, weather permitting. The project’s completion date is scheduled for mid-April. The Corps asks the public to use caution in the construction area and to be patient with temporary construction noise.

            The dredging project is funded in partnership with the Florida Inland Navigation District.

            For more information about the Corps’ dredging projects, visit



Amanda Parker

Release no. 19-010