USACE Jacksonville District conducts site tour, leads open house discussion of upcoming Everglades Harbor maintenance dredging

Jacksonville District
Published Feb. 6, 2024
Updated: Feb. 5, 2024
Everglades Harbor federal channel

Everglades Harbor federal channel.

Scoping out potential placement sites

Operations manager Steve Conger points out potential dredge placement sites along the Everglades City Harbor channel during a Jacksonville District site visit to scope out possibilities for an upcoming harbor and federal channel maintenance dredging project Feb. 1, 2024. Among other team members in the assessment party are realty specialist Angela Coimbre (from left), geologist Stephanie Soto and engineering technical lead Ian Heausler.

Gathering sand samples

Jacksonville District operations manager Steve Conger (left) gathers sand samples with team geologist Barbara Nist during a project team site visit in Everglades City, Florida, Feb. 1, 2024.

Briefing the team during site visit

Jacksonville District project manager Ashleigh Fountain (center) briefs team members on the scope of an upcoming harbor and federal channel maintenance dredging project during a site visit to Everglades City, Florida, Feb. 1, 2024.

Planning has begun for maintenance dredging of the Everglades Harbor and Channel in Everglades City, Collier County, Florida.

With $5 million in funding made available under the Disaster Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2022, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Jacksonville District has begun preparing plans and specifications for the first maintenance dredging of the federal project in more than half a century.

To that end, the USACE team conducted a site visit and public meeting Feb. 1, 2024, to engage the Everglades Harbor community, update them on the status of project planning and solicit input regarding potential locations for dredged material placement, additional community concerns and possible challenges to the upcoming effort.

Moving forward, the team will coordinate with the public and responsible state and local agencies, initiate required permitting, conduct a NEPA (National Environmental Policy Act of 1969) analysis and prepare plans and specs for maintenance dredging.

The federal project consists of a channel 8 feet deep and 60 feet wide from that depth in the Gulf of Mexico to mile 1.5 in Barron River, with a turning basin about half an acre in area near its upper end. The total length of the project is about 9.2 miles.

It was initially constructed in 1963 and last dredged in 1965. The project’s non-federal sponsor is the City of Everglades, Florida.

For more information, please visit the Everglades Harbor Project webpage at:


Jeffrey Prater

Release no. 24-008