Why is the Turning Basin and Dock Repair project happening?

Excessive silt in the Turning Basin has made it difficult, and sometimes impossible, for larger boats to sail or motor into this area of the River, whether as part of a day’s excursion for shopping and lunch in Petaluma or as part of one of the many water-based events such as the Holiday Lighted Boat Parade.

The silt buildup has also caused problems for those wanting to launch kayaks, stand-up paddleboards, and other small watercraft from the docks adjacent to the River Plaza shopping Center. The docks and their associated pilings desperately need to be renovated, but that can’t happen with high silt levels.

A local, river-based nonprofit – Petaluma Small Craft Center (PSCC)– is particularly eager for the dredging to take place.  PSCC has a long-term lease with the City for one of the docks, where they plan to build a boathouse, hold events, and offer improved access to the river.  

This project will do the dredging necessary to improve watercraft access to the entire Turning Basin as well as provide better clearance for using the City’s docks. The project also sets the stage for replacement of the existing Eastside City dock, along Weller Street, with a new, safer dock and pilings.

For more information on the Turning Basin Dredging & Dock Restoration (2022), CLICK HERE.

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