Dredging Operations

Shores News Misprint

Please be advised that the September edition of the Shores News contained a misprint on the front page. The information contained in the article “Dredging process will soon begin” is from last year.

Dredging began this year in June and will still be in operation on the water until November. If the lake draw-down is a successful, we will be able to dredge by land.

Dredging has begun in Fisherman’s Cove

fishermans cove

The RRA Maintenance crew is now in Fisherman’s Cove for dredging. Fisherman’s Cove is the cove that had the most sedimentation according to the study performed by Enviroscience. It is located between Morning Star Dr and Belvista on the East side of the lake. Our crew will be dredging this cove for the duration of the year.

2015 Dredging

Due to the increase in infrastructure maintenance (i.e. drainage and preparing for the summer season), the anticipated dredging start date will be in mid-June, baring any weather related delays.

Next Stage for Dredging: Fisherman’s Cove

With our crew becoming more acclimated to the new dredging equipment in Plum Creek, plans are moving forward to begin digging in Fisherman’s cove. This cove was determined to have the most sedimentation, according to a study by Enviroscience. In order to remove spoils from this problem area efficiently, our crew put in a 350ft access road, the process only took a couple of days.

Dredging Begins!


The day has finally come. This week, after many anxious months, the Army Corp of Engineers has given the RRA the green light to begin the dredging of Lake Roaming Rock!

While awaiting final approval, our crew worked hard to get the barges, equipment, and spoils site ready for the project. We were ready to begin around July 14th, but had to wait on several government agencies to issue permits and to give final approval to begin the project.

Dredging will be performed manually with an excavator situated on top of a spud barge. Dump scowls will be used to transfer the spoils to and from shore to be offloaded and transferred to our dump site.

Our crew is currently training in Plum Creek to become acclimated to the equipment. From there, they will move to the coves that have the most sedimentation according to the survey performed by EnviroScience.

We ask that you please keep your distance from the Dredging Equipment while our crew is working for their safety and yours.

(For larger images, please click on the photos)





Dredging Update


Progress continued on the barges to be used for dredging this week as one of our excavators has been successfully loaded onto the spud barge. The barge had to first be prepared for the excavator by adding lumber to its deck and to its sides to prevent damage.

We understand your anxiousness to begin dredging, but rest assured that we’re drawing closer every day. There are still steps to go through on the dredge equipment itself and with several government agencies to make sure that we are in compliance with the rules that they have set forward to protect the lake and the environment. In addition, we still have our day-to-day maintenance projects (pools, mowing, culvert, etc.) to complete in-between. It takes time, but it’s moving forward.

Dredging Update

Things are moving forward with equipment needed for dredging the lake. The spud barge and dump scowl are being fabricated by Lake Erie Ship Repair and Fabrication. Check out the pictures of the progress. Work should be completed by Mid-July with dredging to begin shortly thereafter.

Spud Barge

Spud Barge

Dump Scowl

Dump Scowl

In house, our crew constructed a push boat which will be used to move the dump scowls from the spud barge to the shore to be emptied. The push boat was launched and tested last week with no issues.

Push Boat

Push Boat

Lake Depth Improvement Sub-Committee Update

Equipment average hauling weight:

  • #1 Truck: Chevy 1 ton – 4,000lbs
  • #2 Truck: Chevy C6500 – 12,000lbs
  • #3 Truck: Mac Dumptruck – 32,000lbs

Phase 1 of Dredging is completed.

Phase 2 Report Update:

Equipment Purchased:

  • One Mac Truck: Completed – Budgeted $20k, Actual $15k
  • One Trailer: Completed – Budgeted $6,500, Actual $3,500
  • Two John Deere Trackhoes : Completed – Budgeted $28k each, Actual $22,700 each
  • Two Trackhoe Buckets: Completed – Budgeted $3,700k each, Actual $3,500 each

Bids Completed:

  • One spud barge 24” x 40”: Completed –  Budgeted $62k, Actual $49,745.47



Current Bids Out:

  • Three hopper barges 12” x 24”
    • 2 are out for bid at this time, Budgeted $28k each
  • One boat motor 60hp
    • Out for bid, Budgeted $8,200

Sediment Testing:

525 cubic yards have been taken out of 7 coves. This was for testing purposes to see how fast new sediment comes into the Lake.

Phase 3 of Dredging is targeted to begin in the middle of July 2014 or sooner.

Next Workshop: Saturday, January 25th @ 10am at the Clubhouse.

Lake Depth Improvement Sub-Committee – Phase 1 Report

Phase 1 Report:

Preliminary Dredging Meetings

  • May
    • Grand Lake St. Marys: Shallow water State Lake in western Ohio currently undergoing a massive hydraulic dredging operation. Started in 1964.
    • Lake Lakengren: Private lake association in western Ohio currently undergoing a mechanical dredging operation. Met during OLCA (Ohio Lake Communities Association) conference.
  • June
    • Army Corp of Engineers: Met to learn which permits would be required for dredging.
    • EPA: Met to discuss dredging.
    • ODNR: Met to discuss dredging.
    • Roaming Shores Village: Met to acquire permits for Dredge Material Disposal Site.
  • July
    • Chagrin Valley Engineers: Designers for Dredge Material Disposal Site.
    • Ashtabula County Water & Soil Dept.: Met to learn rules regarding settlement ponds and Dredge Material Disposal Site.
  • August
    • EnviroScience: Performed depth study for dredging locations. Will use information from 2009 study which cost over $20,000 to perform.
    • Chagrin Valley Engineers: Plans finalized for Dredge Material Disposal Site.
    • ODNR: Registered for permission to build Dredge Material Disposal Site.
  • September
    • ODNR: Paid for permits.

This Dredging project will not increase Dues & Assessments any further. The project can completed without the need to take out a loan from the bank.

Phase 2 report will be in the December Edition of the Shores News.

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