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Ventura Port District Seeks Extra Money to Dredge Harbor’s Entrance

Posted on January 28, 2016

By John Scheibe, Ventura County Star

With more than two months to go in the El Niño season, Ventura Port District officials continued lobbying hard on Tuesday for additional federal funds to dredge a sand-filled entrance to the harbor

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is expected to announce on Feb. 8 that at least $4.25 million has been set aside to dredge the area around Ventura Harbor. The money would cover the $1.4 million needed to move the dredging equipment from Long Beach to the harbor, with the remainder going to pay for the dredging of some 465,000 cubic yards of sand.

But the problem is the strong El Niño storm season has left about 1 million cubic yards of sand around the harbor’s entrance, making the area extremely dangerous for boats going in and out of the harbor.


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