The Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) needs to conduct geoscientific surveys to gather relevant data in planning for a safe, economical and scientific way of dredging the Agusan River in connection with the Flood Control and Port Development Projects of Butuan City.

This was the agreement reached between the MGB and Butuan City Mayor Ferdinand M. Amante, Jr. following the recommendation made by a team of marine geologists from the Marine Geological Survey Division of the MGB who conducted a three-day scoping along the Agusan River last December.

The scoping activity was pursuant to the request of Amante for the MGB to undertake geoscientific surveys along the River to gather the necessary information before the dredging project is undertaken.

The geoscientific surveys will include seismic reflection survey to determine the thickness of sediments along the River channel, bathymetric survey using echo sounder to determine the water depths, and geohazard assessment on the area’s vulnerability to flooding.

The surveys, which are among the technical services the agency renders to the public, are set to be conducted this month until February.

By: Marine Geological Survey Division

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