The dredge arriving in Humboldt Bay. | Photo provided by Outpost reader Jim Long.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers arrived at Humboldt Bay today begin dredging the exorbitant amount of silt that’s funneled into the entrance channel during recent winter storms.

While smaller fishing boats can still navigate the channel, the silt deposits have caused unsafe conditions for larger commercial vessels, like the barges that deliver six million gallons of gasoline, diesel and aviation fuel to Humboldt Bay every nine days.

While the channel is usually dredged once a year during the summer, silt levels are so high, that the Humboldt Bay Harbor, Recreation and Conservation District declared a state of emergency in February, in order to obtain the funding needed to dredge the channel earlier.

U.S. Coast Guard Sector Humboldt Bay Lt. Cmdr. Gabriel Vigil told the Outpost this morning that the dredge will be here clearing the channel for the next few weeks.