SCARBOROUGH, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- The North America Landscaping, Construction & Dredge Co. Inc., of Ellicott City, Md. is set to begin dredging the Scarborough River next week.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers awarded North America Landscaping with a $1.7 million project to create new habitat for the threatened piping plover and make the river channel between Pine Point and Prouts Neck safer for navigation.

"I have 35 vessels that fish out of here and right now the way the river is filled in with so much silt and sand they can't get through here," says Corbeau. "It's almost impassable."

Scarborough Harbormaster David Corbeau estimates the river channel had been dredged about 8 years ago. Sand historically migrates to the channel and settles there. Especially during Super Storm Sandy in 2012.

"Most of the sand in this river probably came from that storm back then. We really saw and influx after that."

North American Landscaping plans to remove 120,000 cubic yards of soil from the river's bottom and move the material to Western Beach. The Prout's Neck Association is having a rock retaining wall built there to help protect the piping plover population and restore some erosion.

"We're hoping once we put the sand behind it it will stay better than just putting it on the beach," says Corbeau.

The permit for the project allows the company to dredge only until April 1. North American Landscaping tells the Harbormaster they plan to begin the first of next week.

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