San Rafael group trawls for support in dredging canal

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Posted July 27, 2015

The Friends of the Canal, a group organized to obtain funds to dredge the San Rafael Canal, met with waterfront business owners, yacht harbor operators and property owners Sunday to get input on how to find the $4 million to $6 million they say it will cost to clear the channel of silt.

According to federal guidelines, the canal should be at least 6 feet deep at low tide. But the silt buildup in the San Rafael Canal is now so high that when the tide goes out, only 2 feet of water remain in some spots, said Bryon Bass, the group’s leader.