Engineering Department

Canal Dredging Program

The Mayor and City Council recognize that some canals throughout the city have filled in to the extent that they are no longer navigable. Therefore, the City has initiated a canal dredging program. Each canal in Ocean City was surveyed and prioritized based on the average depth of the canal. A summary of these results is available here. The City Council changed the code to shift responsibility for canal dredging from the adjacent property owner to the City and started the design and required environmental permit processes.

A five year dredge master plan was then developed based on the Canal Priority and the goal of dredging canals in relatively close geographical proximity to each other in each year in order to maximize efficiency and keep costs down. The master plan is available here. It is estimated that $500,000 per year will be needed to complete this initial plan. Please keep in mind that this plan is subject to change based on the cost of dredging, funding availability, and the condition of the shoreline along the canal.

The Town of Ocean City will not initiate dredging work for any canal unless the complete canal shoreline is stable. This means that all bulkheads (or other shoreline protection structures) are in good condition and not leaking. Each property owner remains responsible for the condition of their shoreline. If your canal is on the master plan list, you should check the condition of your bulkhead or other shoreline structure and repair or replace if required. The Engineering Department has a list of all bulkheads needing repair along canals planned for dredging in years 1-4 and will send out repair notifications at least 6 months prior to scheduled dredging.

On October 31, 2013 the City earmarked $500,000 to begin dredging the highest priority canals. The first canals planned to be dredged starting this winter (2013/14) are:

Canal #19 located between Hitchens Ave and Trimper Ave
Canal #20 located across from 48th Street at Wight bay Condominium
Canal #21 located across from 52nd Street into Warrens Park

In addition, the shallow areas near storm drain outfalls in the following areas will also be addressed:

Outfall A located off Seaweed lane
Outfall B located off Tunnel Ave
Outfall C Located off Sinepuxent Ave near 136th Street
Outfall D Located off Jamaica Ave between 123rd and 125th Streets

Once again this list is subject to change based on the bid results from the dredging contractors.