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Regional Dredging Partnership Taking Shape

Posted on April 12, 2016

By Eric Gneckow, petaluma360

An unprecedented regional partnership to dredge several neglected river channels connecting to San Pablo Bay is now taking shape, offering new hope for removing the accumulating mud that increasingly chokes the Petaluma River.

With Petaluma as the lead agency, the collaborative spanning Sonoma, Marin, Napa and Solano counties would bundle a number of dredging efforts together to lower overall costs while raising the project’s attractiveness for federal support, the city’s top public works official outlined on Monday. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is supposed to keep several waterways in those areas clear using federal dollars, but has fallen more than 10 years behind schedule in Petaluma alone due to limited funding and competing priorities.


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