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Re: Bouy reported out of position? How do they get back into position?
Here on the Southeast Coast of the US, the double whammie of both Tropical Storm Hermine and Hurricane Mathew has left dozens of tethered navigation buoys shifted in position by some considerable amounts and the siltation across bars much increased. These changes, along with the Coast Guards budgetary restraints/constraints has made transiting the Southeast coast, particularly using the ICW, much more difficult than in the past. An infamous passage on the ICW, "Hells Gate", at the confluence of the Ogeechee and Little Ogeechee Rivers at Raccoon Key, statute mile 602 in GA. is reported to be significantly silted up, with depths of less than three feet, along its eastern side, at marker #89. It was last dredged in 2009. Situated as it is, Raccoon Key acts as the stopper in a bottle, allowing for continual sand buildup on its western end. Hopefully, but doubtfully a study can be done to ascertain if any structures can be built that could possibly increase water flow thru the gate and thus lessen the silting.