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Dredging Lakes & Canals

Energy Resources, Inc. is an experienced dredging contractor in Chesterfield, Missouri. We transport our dredge units to Arkansas, Oklahoma, and Florida, and even further afield. In business since 1984, we have experience in all kinds of canal and lake dredging projects. We also work with geotubes and ash ponds Call us for competitive pricing and professional service.


Boat in Canal

Why Lakes Need Dredging

We have completed more than 30 projects dredging lakes in the last ten years. Most of these were performed for homeowner associations to enhance the enjoyment of lakefront property owners. The problem with lakes, especially in the Midwest, is uncontrolled siltation. Traditional farming techniques produce 6-12 tons of topsoil runoff per acre, per year. This topsoil becomes suspended in high-velocity water flowing during a storm and does not settle out until it reaches a low-velocity state in the downstream lake or reservoir. Topsoil conservation has evolved with no-till farming methods, but siltation still exists. Uncontrolled upstream development is often the cause of lake siltation.


Dredging Means Disposing

The first thing to consider when planning to dredge your lake is the disposal site. The proximity of this spoil site has a dramatic effect on end cost. If you don't have a disposal site there are other ways to contain the material; using a geotube is one way. Permits are also important. Please refer to our permit section for a better understanding of this issue.

Canal Dredging

Most canal work is for pleasure boat residential canals. However, we have successfully completed many industrial cleanup projects that come under this heading. We took on our first canal dredging project in 1990 for the City of Naples in Florida. It started as a $400,000 project. They were so pleased with our services that they added two more projects for a total near $1,000,000. We have worked in Florida ever since.

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Man in Boat on the Lake

Florida Department of Environmental Protection

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) has jurisdiction over dredging work. We have seen significant changes in the regulatory environment for canal dredging over the last ten years. The turbidity requirements imposed by FDEP for dredge and spoil sites are a major factor in successfully performing this type of work. Some projects take place in water that is classified Outstanding Florida Water. This means no turbidity is allowed. Other classes of Florida waters allow 29 NTUs of turbidity over background. Some projects allow no discharge from spoil sites because of exemptions or because of the chemical analysis of the dredged material.

Our Success

There were 15 dredging companies competing with us in the early 1990's that are no longer in business. One reason we've been successful in Florida is that our company stays up-to-date and educated on new standards and we've adapted to change.