Lieb’s Island dirt piles will be around awhile
The good news is that thanks to ODNR’s dredging operations, it will be easier to navigate the canal and the island’s feeder stream. Plus the piles are temporary and will be moved. The bad news is it’s likely to be two to four years before the dirt is dry enough to transport.
“It’s not there forever,” said ODNR spokesperson Matt Eiselstein. He said ODNR is dredging tons and tons of sediment from the canal and feeder stream to open it up for boats and improve water quality – the dredged canal and feeder will help catch future silt before it gets into Buckeye Lake. The dirt, said Eiselstein, “is put there to dry.”
Eiselstein said the area where the sediment is being drained has been used for that purpose for roughly 30 years. The last time dredge material was stored there was about eight years ago. “We just don’t have that much room to store it,” he said. Once dry, Eiselstein said the sediment makes outstanding topsoil and will be available to anyone who wants topsoil and is able to transport it.
In the meantime, Eiselstein said workers will poke holes in the mounds to help them dry as quickly as possible, but he reiterated that it’s a long process. “It’s there for a while,” he said.