Taking a brief diversion from the maritime blogging, I'm updating you on a dredging project that kicked off in Rudee Inlet.

The Army Corps of Engineers's Norfolk District office announced the work would start Monday and last four days as a dredge boat removes sediment from the channel.

"Engineers expect to dredge about 20,000 cubic yards of material, which will be placed directly north of the entrance channel and inlet jetties," a news release states.

The project costs $78,000 and the federal government is covering 72 percent of the cost, with Virginia Beach picking up the rest of the tab.

"Rudee Inlet is designated as a critical harbor of refuge and is located on the Atlantic Ocean side in Virginia Beach.  The project provides access to the Chesapeake Bay and Atlantic Ocean for commercial fishing vessels, charter fishing boats, head boats and a wide range of private recreational vessels," the release states.