GREENUP, Ky. (WOWK) – Residents in the city of Greenup, Kentucky are looking for help in repairing their boat ramp. According to Robert Hill and Greg Dowdy, local residents and long-time fishermen, the boat ramp has been in disrepair for several years.
Throughout the years, the boat ramp has had issues with muddy water and cracks in the concrete that make it difficult to put boats into the water. When using the ramp, boaters should be aware that the excess mud and rubbage on each side of the channel could potentially damage the motor.
According to the United States Army Corps of Engineers, the issue with dredging the boat dock is that it is not financially doable at this time. In order to dredge the channel from the boat ramp to the Little Sandy River, the corps would have to make a costly investment.
The cost of doing that area, just the boat ramps itself, with that specialized equipment, (would) be about $240,000.Brian Maka, Huntington USACE Chief of Public Relations
USACE Chief of Public Relations Brian Maka says that the current funding for water-based projects will not allow for a project of this size in the near future. The Army Corps of Engineers unit in Huntington, West Virginia has been partnering with local communities and governments in an attempt to work on this area. However, the project needs outside funding in order to get off the ground.
If I could get out there and dig it by hand I would, but you know it’s something that we have no control over.Greg Dowdy, Local Fisherman
The USACE has sent out a survey team and reported that the channel is currently at the regulated water level. Hill and Dowdy are currently looking for a way to restore the boat ramp and dredge the sides of the channel. For more information on the United States Army Corps of Engineers, click here.