We are pleased to report that dredging operations are underway again after a winter break. Approximately 60% of the 115,000 tons of wood waste has been removed already, and we expect to be done in a few weeks.
You may recall that Radio Tower Bay was the site of several sawmill operations at the turn of the last century. At that time, it was common practice to allow the wood waste from turning raw logs into finished lumber to fall directly into the water.
Incredibly, core samples drawn in the area found that the wood waste is up to eight feet deep, and in some places the sawdust was actually dry because of the velocity of the waste falling into the water.
You may have a few questions in mind:
Why didn't it simply deteriorate over time? Because the water is relatively cold and sterile - it actually acts as a pretty decent preservative.
Other than being unsightly, why is the wood waste a problem? Because this ought to be a great stopover spot for fall migration, providing a good sheltered resting spot for ducks and other migrators to fatten up before their long haul south. Turtles, also appreciate having a muddy spot to burrow in for the winter.