What happens below the surface of a waterway doesn’t often concern boaters, but the condition of a canal’s bed can drastically affect how the entire channel functions.
Silt can build up after a few years, and the deposits can restrict the movements of watercraft and negatively impact the ecosystem within the canal. GeoForm International offers the Dino6 dredge, powered by our powerful submersible pumps making it a premiere canal dredge.
If you believe that dredging might be necessary for your canal, our team and equipment is here to assist.
What Is Canal Dredging and Why Is It Important?
Dredging a canal involves the removal of varying levels of sediment, mud, trash, and other debris at the bottom of the channel, which should be reasonably flat.
This process is vital to maintain the usefulness of canals for various purpose, including irrigation, watercraft navigation and flood control. Due to all of these objectives needing a large amount of water flow, built-up sediments restrict the canal and decrease its ability to handle its responsibilities.
Dredging can both widen and deepen the canal, which improves its flow. A deeper trench will benefit flood control dams especially, as shallow channels will allow overflows and create more dangerous conditions during flooding scenarios.
Trash and sediment removal also benefits the environment when deployed the right way. The layered silt dirties the water and makes it less healthy, so dredging the canal makes it fresher and frees it of toxic gas byproducts and other materials.
While people did not create canals for the benefit of flora and fauna, plenty of wildlife species have moved in to call these places home. By freshening the water and creating more space, you’re also making it a healthier place for plants and animals.
How Does the Dino 6 Handle Canal Dredging?
Many people balk at the idea of dredging due to the obstacles created by the equipment. Traditional excavators and dredges can be difficult to maneuver due to their cumbersome size, and canals often don’t have optimal places for launching them. They can require additional labor and time costs, too.
Their operations can kick up a lot of debris and release the stored toxins in the sediment as well, which can make a less-than-ideal situation into a bad one.
The Dino6 Sediment Removal System eliminates all of those issues in one go by using a hydraulic boom with an attached cutterhead to suck up any unwanted debris. We’ve specifically designed the machine to operate in areas that other dredges cannot go, meaning it’s both compact and lightweight. This not only makes it easier to use, but also reduces the impact on the job site — therefore making it more environmentally friendly.
No one should underestimate its power, however! The Dino 6 touts a 1,500 gpm pumping rate and a high-torque, direct-drive cutter for powering through tough buildup.
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Trust GeoForm International to Take Care of Your Next Canal Dredging Project
We’ve devoted ourselves to serving our clients in various industries — and we’ve been creating high-quality dredging and pumping solutions since 1998. If you need canal dredging equipment or expertise, contact us today for assistance.