USA: Council OKs Money for Sheboygan River’s Inner Harbor Dredging
As sheboyganpress.com reports, the Sheboygan Common Council on Wednesday unanimously approved spending $250,000 to help dredge tainted sediment from the Sheboygan River’s inner harbor east of the Eighth Street Bridge.
This money will come from the city’s undesignated reserve fund and will match another $250,000 pledged to the project last month by the Sheboygan County Board. The funds are necessary to match a $1.5 million Department of Transportation Harbor Assistance Program grant that will pay for trucking 170,000 cubic yards of sediment dredged from that part of the river to a landfill in Menomonee Falls.
The harbor will be dredged to a depth of 14 to 16 feet, which will be deep enough to handle most boats, including cruise ships, officials say.
When all the work is done, likely by the end of September, the river will be removed from the EPA’s list as one of the most polluted areas in the Great Lakes region.
Dredging Today Staff, April 5, 2012; Image: uwex.edu