Proper hydraulic dredging of canals is vital to the maintenance of the canal’s health, quality, and recreational enjoyment. The long-term benefits of proper canal dredging are crucial to the survival of a canal.
Carefully navigating through canal waters is something many boat owners are familiar with. Sediment builds up at the bottom of the canal creating muck, which lowers the water quality and usability.
Alligators, turtles, catfish, carp, squirrels, rabbits, deer, an abundance of spectacular birds and even the occasional bobcat love to sun on the banks of a good canal and find life in it’s flowing waters. But if a canal becomes too overgrown, or unkempt, these naturally wonderful “friends” seek solemn elsewhere, in easier to navigate water bodies.
Proper hydraulic dredging of canals encourages the growth of rare aquatic plants while weeding out unneeded “junk.” Overgrowth of reeds, for example, dominates a canal and suffocates essential marine plant life. A properly hydraulically dredged, clean canal gives ideal conditions for critical aquatic plants to thrive.