Cowlitz River dredging scheduled to begin Monday

PORTLAND, Ore. – The Coast Guard will establish a temporary safety zone on the Cowlitz River near Longview, Wash., due to U.S. Army Corp of Engineers dredging operations scheduled Monday.

The safety zone will be in place throughout the duration of the project, which is scheduled to last until February 29, 2008.

The safety zone will include the mouth of the Cowlitz River, in the vicinity of Cottonwood Island. It will extend up the Cowlitz River and include: Gerhart Gardens Park Boat Launch, the mouth of Carrols Channel and Old Mouth Cowlitz.

Entry into this safety zone is prohibited unless approved by the Captain of the Port of Portland, his designated representative, or the on-scene dredge master. Mariners will then be required to be escorted by vessels associated with dredge operations.

To request an escort to transit the safety zone, contact the on-scene dredge master on VHF-FM channel 16 or 13. Other methods may include using a searchlight or a sound making device 30 minutes in advance of desired transit.

The safety zone will be in place for the protection of mariners due to the presence of associated dredge gear, guide and anchor wires and pipeline, which will be present on, over and below the surface of the lower Cowlitz River.

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