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Speakers at New London Public Hearing Favor Army Corps Dredging Plan

Posted on August 28, 2015

Speakers at a public hearing Thursday almost unanimously endorsed the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers‘ proposed 30-year dredging plan for Long Island Sound, whether they were owners of small marinas who depend on removal of sand and silt to keep their boat slips accessible or congressional representatives interested in protecting major marine assets in the region, including the Naval Submarine Base, U.S. Coast Guard Academyand Electric Boat.

“We every day fight the siltation and reduction of berths on our properties,” said Douglas Domenie, a representative of the Brewer Yacht Group, which owns more than two dozen marinas in New England and New York. “Dredgingis imperative to our continued success.”

“My marina has to dredge every two to three years, otherwise we could cease to be a marina,” said Abbie McAllister, manager of the Saybrook Point Marina.


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