One of the few public access boat ramps along the Susquehanna River has closed for repairs.
The Peach Bottom Marina, on Fulton Township’s Peters Creek just east of the river, closed September 3 for dredging and other improvements, said Deena O’Brien, a spokesperson for Exelon Energy. Exelon owns the marina and leases out its operation.
The work will include dredging about 9,000 cubic yards of sediment from Peters Creek. Removing that much sediment will give the marina and its access to the Susquehanna between one and five more feet of draft, the space between a boat’s keel and the bottom of the creek.
That will make it easier for boats to use the facility. It will also allow boats to pass under the Norfolk Southern bridge that spans the creek between the marina and the river.
The dredged soil will be stored in Geotubes, textile tubes that allows the water to filter out while retaining the solids. The process, called dewatering, will take most of the winter.
The project will also upgrade the marina's facilities, including new green spaces as well as picnic and recreation areas.
The marina stores about 17 boats. More use it by the day on weekends and holidays.
"We expect to unveil the newly reimagined Peach Bottom Marina in time for the 2020 boating season," O'Brien wrote in an email.