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Oregon Gets Federal Funding For Coastal Dredging Maintenance

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Oregon's Army Corps of Engineers will have adequate funding for dredging projects on the coast. Last week, Governor Kate Brown and Democratic Representative Peter DeFazio helped allocate more than $85 million needed to keep coastal waters navigable. Dredging is the removal and redistribution of underwater sediment to beaches or jetties. Michelle Helms is a spokeswoman for the Oregon Army Corps of Engineers.

Helms: "Several years back, we went through a difficult time financially, fiscally in this country. And this was a way that the State and the Corps, the federal government, could work together to come up with a solution to keep those dredged and maintained."

More than $3 million is being allocated to Yaquina Bay and Harbor. The Port of Siuslaw will receive about $920,000. Governor Brown issued a statement saying: "This work is critical for safety of the boating community and the survival of our coastal economy."

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