King tides stop dredging
KING tides are affecting the turbidity of the Gladstone Harbour once again with Gladstone Ports Corporation voluntarily stopping the cutter suction dredging.
In a media release GPC said as part of their adaptive approach to managing the dredging project, a voluntary suspension of cutter suction dredging was put in place before 6pm yesterday.
The decision was taken in response to high turbidity recordings in the Western Basin to allow turbidity levels to return to normal as soon as possible.
All project operations were carried out in strict accordance with the Commonwealth and Queensland Governments' approvals, including a number of stringent environmental conditions.
One aspect of the project conditions require turbidity to be monitored at 15 minute intervals. The water quality data is routinely shared with the Queensland Department of Environment and Resource Management (DERM).
Normal dredging operations are expected to resume when turbidity levels at all water quality monitoring sites fall back below the levels set for the project.