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Dredging begins in San Rafael Creek

Posted on October 19, 2022


Dredging has officially begun in the San Rafael Creek and will soon move into the upper reaches of the San Rafael Canal. Please keep in mind the following safety tips when boating, swimming, kayaking or other Marine activities in the Canal:

Main Safety Dangers

When you see a dredge, remember that it’s there for a reason. The Canal is shallow. Watch out for:

  • Sand bars that the dredge is working on
  • Cables as the dredge swings its cutter head from side to side.
  • Submerged pipe
  • Backhoes that are rotating on pontoons

Common-Sense Precautions

Stay away. Boat somewhere else. If you must be on the Canal when the dredge and barge is visible:

  • Go slow around dredges, especially when coming from the rear.
  • Leave plenty of room between yourself and the dredge.
  • Stay as far from them as you can.
  • Remember: they have equipment that swings from side to side. It’s guided by cables that you may not see until it’s too late.
  • Make eye contact with the dredge’s operators. They’re focused on their work and not looking for you.
  • Don’t create a wake that will rock their boats, barges, pontoons or pipelines.
  • Don’t expect them to get out of your way; they can’t maneuver like you.

For more information on the dredging project, visit: https://www.cityofsanrafael.org/dredging/

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