Created on Thursday, 30 May 2013 Written by THE BELLEFONTAINE EXAMINER STAFF
Positioned in Pew Island area
A pair of fishermen drop lines off Pew Island as the refurbished Ellicott Dredge works off the shoreline Wednesday. (EXAMINER PHOTO | RICK PITTS)
The Ellicott Dredge is rebuilt, refurbished and back in action on Indian Lake, currently positioned off the shores of Pew Island.
According to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, the equipment is scheduled to address sediment issues at Pew Island channels, Pew Island Bay, Barnes Creek and Moundwood Channel.
Built in 1964, the dredge was renovated by ODNR’s Division of Parks and Recreation. Refurbishment included removal of the dredge from the lake, complete disassembly, installation of a new steel hull and a rebuilt engine, fabrication of a new swing ladder, repair of the hydraulic and gear equipment as well as exterior sand blasting and a new paint job.
Other duties ahead for the equipment include dredge material relocation construction projects, installing and maintaining the state park’s seawall, installing and repairing state docks, and weed harvesting, stump removal and other ongoing debris removal projects.