Seeking to preserve the environment, the Port of Stockton, in partnership with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, is now using sand dredged from its ship channel to help an endangered butterfly species.
According to the port, 40,000 cubic yards of sand will be collected and placed on more than 10.1 acres of the Antioch Dunes National Wildlife Refuge.
This marks the first time in port history that the removed debris will become an “ally” and used in an environmentally friendly type of way.
Port officials have also noted that the reuse of material dredged from the ship channel is an ongoing mission of the Port.
“The ports are responsible for locating placement sites for dredged material, and the Corps is responsible for keeping the channels at their authorized depths,” said Gary Kamei, project manager for the Corps, in a released statement by the port,
The Port of Stockton also recently removed 375,000 pounds of hyacinth, an invasive plant that had been cleared from the Stockton Deep Water Channel.
The state Hyacinth Control Program, governed by the California Division of Boating and Waterways, failed to control the plant’s growth and required the port to hire a company to do the removal.
Last year, ships stopped using the channel because widespread growth of the plant made it difficult to distinguish land from mats of the plant.