Here's some background info regarding dredging the mouth of the river/lake. The original project was orignially initiated by the Lake Havasu Marine Association in early 2010. It was determined early on that the California side adjacent to Catfish Bay would be the most advantageous area to dredge the channel (to be a half mile long, 50' wide and 4' deep, 5mph speed limit). The Marine Assocaition was also fortunate to enlist the services (at nearly pro bono rates) of a consultant who had successfully threaded the needle of multiple Colorado River projects in the past (she knew all the right people and agencies that needed to be onboard). It was a 20+ month process just to get the approvals of five federal and two state agencies before any silt was moved. It was also critical that the Marine Association had excellent relations with the Chemehuevi Tribe who were instrumental in pushing the process along. Due to very strict fishery regulations, doing this project also had to be fit into a very specific and tight timeline. If something went wrong and dredging was delayed, it would have added another entire year on to the project. It was mid-December 2011 when the dredging began. No bottom material was removed, only relocated. The project took only two weeks to complete at an estimated cost of $60,000. Not a penny of City, County, State or Federal money was used, it was all self-funded by generous private donations from a handful of concerned boaters. When done, Marine Association volunteers marked the deep-water channel on both sides with buoys (again, private money purchased the buoys, rope/chain and anchors). Given normal current patterns, it was estimated that the channel would need touch-up dredging about every three years in order to keep it at a usable depth. Since January of 2012, one touch-up dredging was done and even that required additional permitting.same as everything.
money and liability. Channel shifts continually
Having been through all of this, it's an arduous, expensive and time-consuming task -- something that needs government participation in the future. It would be money well spent.