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Editorial: Always practice caution around  dredge, piping

Now that the dredge is up and running, it is important for boaters and anglers to use caution when on Edgewater Bay to avoid any injuries.

Staff with dredging company J.F. Brennan advise people to stay at least 50 to 100 feet away from dredging equipment.

Information about where the dredge will be operating will be posted on social media and at each of the boat landings, along with an information sheet about various bouys and signs that boaters and anglers might encounter. Stick buoys will be placed every 100 feet along floating segments of pipeline and will contain flashing yellow lights for low-light conditions. Floating warning signs will also be placed every 500 feet throughout the entire portion of pipeline in water. These are put in place for a reason, and boaters should follow the directions to stay safe.

The dredge is slated to be in operation from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday, but even when it’s not operating, people should leave the machinery alone. There have been stories of people already who have been taking photos of themselves with the dredge.

We ask people to use common sense and caution when near the dredge and pipeline.   

About Editorial Board

The Editorial Board of the Albert Lea Tribune comprises Scott Schmeltzer, Tim Engstrom and Sarah Stultz.

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