Maintenance Dredging

Maintenance Dredging is the process of removing naturally occurring sediments from the bottom of previously excavated waterways. As a result the increased size of modern ships and marine vessels, most harbors and ports are not naturally deep enough to accommodate the growing draft requirements of the shipping industry.

Because of this, these harbors and ports are not deep enough due to the natural sedimentation caused by upstream erosion which settles on the bottom of the waterway and reduces the depth at which ships can safely operate. In order to remedy this situation, our Maintainance Dredging Services seek to deepen waterways in order to provide adaquate depths for marine vessels.

Additionally, many of the materials that result from our maintainance dredging practices can often be used to replenish nearby borrow pits or nourish beaches affected by natural erosion.

Port Expansion

Port Expansion projects may include either the deepening of areas adjacent to the port that are potentially too shallow to accommodate larger vessels or the excavation of previously dry-land areas. Many ports along coastal areas compete to attract the increasing trade opportunities offered by the expanding transportation industry. As a result of this competition, there has been an extensive increase in investment for expanded dock space and berthing areas for existing ports. To accommodate this economic opportunity, our Port Expansion Services seek to increase capacity and allow for a greater connectivity between the coastal and inland ports.

Beach Reclamation

Beach Reclamation is the act of providing sand for a beach that is experiencing erosion due to natural or man-made factors. Additionally, Beach Reclamation is beneficial for landowners whose real estate or property may be subject to catastrophic damage if no actions were taken.

At Mike Hooks, we often work closely with the US Army Corps of Engineers or Department of Natural Resources in order to provide the materials that are necessary to restore these beaches to their original ecological state and provide habitat to the local plants and animals that have been affected by the beach erosion.

Many of the Beach Reclamation Projects that we complete are often the result of extensive environmental studies that are performed by Federal and Non-Governmental Environmental Organizations whose aim is to mitigate the negative effects of beach erosion and restore a natural balance back to the existing ecosystem.

Wetland Restoration

Wetland Restoration is the process of restoring a former wetlands’ physical characteristics to its natural functions through careful management practices.

Wetlands play a vital role within our eco-system and can protect human developments by reducing the intensity and frequency of natural disasters such as floods. Wetlands may also act as natural buffers by soaking up floodwaters or buffering the storm surge by hurricanes or tropical storms in coastal areas.

Our Wetland Restoration Services seek to proactively protect against natural disasters through restoration processes that protect man-made and natural structures. This process is achieved through either re-establishment (the act of rebuilding a former wetland) or rehabilitation (repairing degraded wetlands to restore their previous functions to the environment). Our Wetland Restoration Services seek to protect your developments as well as the ecosystem that surrounds them.

Disaster Recovery

Disaster Recovery Services seek to remedy the destruction of waterways and coasts through careful remediation practices.
Natural disasters can have devastating effects on urban and rural areas alike. Resulting debris is often swept into the surrounding waterways and beaches. This debris can cause considerable safety issues and restrict the ability to provide relief supplies quickly and effectively to the affected areas.

Our Disaster Recovery Services provide dredging for an affected area by clearing important waterways of the resulting sediment and debris left by the disaster and restoring the regular operations and transportation of goods and services through these channels.

Additionally, the dredging of these areas may reduce the risk of flood-prone areas by increasing the capacity of the waterway to quickly relieve pressure imposed by heavy rains or upstream flooding.


“Mike Hooks has performed many unusually challenging dredging projects for our office over the past decade. Their home office and field staff have consistently demonstrated a strong commitment towards accomplishing the mission. Management has always been very responsive to evolving project needs and actively works towards finding mutually beneficial solutions to project challenges.”

Waylon Register, P.E.

Site Manager, US Army Corps of Engineers

“We have known Mike Hooks management teams for over 27 years and have participated in the delivery of many successful Corps projects. Whether the project was maintenance dredging, wetland replenishment, beach restoration, harbor excavation, or new construction, we found them to be highly attuned to customer requirements with a focus on a job site safety, schedule, and cost.”

Troy Williams

President, Dean Equipment Company

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