Dredging of Keeling Drain Planned for April 2022. Lynnhaven Boat Ramp to be Used as Spoils Transfer Station.

The City of Virginia Beach plans to dredge the Keeling Drain in April 2022. It is estimated that 60% of the material will NOT be beach quality sand. So that means about 1000 dump trucks worth of spoils will have to come through the Lynnhaven Boat Ramp transfer site. That equates to about 1 truck every 5 minutes for 10 working days (8 hour period). It is unknow if there are any planned restrictions for noise and traffic impacts for this industrial operation. It is worth paying attention to see how this operation works in case the City tries to use the LBR site for future neighborhood dredge transfer operation. Around the clock operation at the LBR is not a good idea. Stay tuned and voice your concerns as this project progresses.

VMRC Agenda Link – https://mrc.virginia.gov/Commission_Agendas/ca20220125.shtm

A. CITY OF VIRGINIA BEACH, #21-1817 Requests authorization to maintenance dredge (by mechanical means) approximately 32,500 cubic yards of State-owned submerged bottomlands from within the Keeling Drain portion of the Eastern Branch of the Lynnhaven River City Channel. Dredging will attempt to achieve maximum depths of minus eight (-8) feet at mean low water. Sandy dredged material will be offloaded at the City’s Lynnhaven Beach and Boat Ramp facility, located at 3576 Piedmont Circle along Crab Creek, and utilized for future beach nourishment projects. Offloaded dredged material that is not beach quality sand will be contained and transported to an approved upland disposal site.


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