SUFFOLK- Crews are at work to make Bennett's Creek in Suffolk easier to navigate.
Significant shoaling was made worse during Hurricane Sandy in October 2012, making it difficult for boaters to pass.
It will take about five days for crews on the Currituck, a U.S. Army Corps dredge, to remove the material and put it at the Craney Island Dredged Material Management Area in Portsmouth.
Cost of the $144,000 project is divided between the government, which is paying 59 percent, and the city.
"This project is a great benefit to the many residents who use Bennett's Creek for both work and pleasure,” said Suffolk Mayor Linda T. Johnson.
Besides being an access point to the Chesapeake Bay and Atlantic Ocean, the creek is a magnet for nature lovers and fisherman.
"You can see that nature has come back. I've been out here 20 years and when we first moved out here the oyster beds were dead and now those are back, too," says John Cross.
Sue Richardson adds, "I love fishing every day from Bennett's Creek Park."
The current work is the first of two dredging phases – the first will provide a minimum depth of 3.5 feet. At the end of the year, the Corps will dredge to provide a minimum depth of 8 feet at low tide.