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US: Corps of Engineers to dredge lower Kennebec River

Project Updates // March 16, 2017

The Press Herald reports that the US Army Corps of Engineers has agreed to conduct emergency dredging operations along a stretch of the lower Kennebec River between Phippsburg and Bath.

The work is designed to ensure the safe passage along the 500ft wide river channel of used by US Navy destroyers built at Bath Iron Works. The ships enter the Atlantic Ocean at the mouth of the Kennebec River near Popham Beach.

All four members of Maine’s congressional delegation announced Tuesday that the dredging operations would start as soon as possible, in order to restore the shipping channel to safe operating depths before the USS Rafael Peralta departs for sea trials April 27.

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