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The Army Corps of Engineers is planning on doing some dredging in Somerset County.

They are eyeing Smith Island and Crisfield Harbor.

Roads Department Director George Barnes told the Salisbury Daily Times that he expected the Corps in February to inspect look for sites where some 350-thousand cubic yards of dredged spoil can be located.

He hopes the dredging can get under way by this spring or summer.

Barnes is also looking at the Wenona Marina project which including adding boat slips, electricity and a sewer outstation.

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There’s legislation in the Maryland General Assembly that would urge Congress to do something about the state of the Conowingo Dam.

The dam is blamed for sediment flowing into the bay which contains harmful nutrients such as phosphorus and nitrogen when the dam floods.

The Maryland Senate resolution wants the Congress to get the Army Corps of Engineers to conduct a study on the state of pollution at the dam.

Last November a $1.4 million study found that cutting pollution into the bay would fall mostly only the shoulders of agricultural communities.

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The Army Corps of Engineers has approved speeding up $62.5 million for deepening the main channel of the Delaware River for the current budget year.

The agency wants to make sure that the entire 102 mile project is done by 2017.

Most of the money will go toward dredging, blasting and rock  removal on a portion just north of Edgemoor near the Philadelphia International Airport.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that the schedule was moved up to make sure that contractors could meet restrictions that limit work to a December 1st through March 15th time frame.

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This fall the Army Corps of Engineers will begin dredging the Isle of Wight and the Sinepuxent Bay Channels.

Money will flow from the Hurricane Sandy relief funds which will also repair the damaged seawall along the north side of the Ocean City Inlet.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the corps figures the current channel depth of Isle of White at 2 feet and the Sinepuxent Bay at 3 feet.


The Army Corps of Engineers are now on the verge of completing an erosion reduction plan for the Indian River Inlet bridge that they drew up more than 40 years ago.

The project is being financed through the Sandy relief bill that includes funding for the original design after damage done by the storm.

It will involve construction of a huge dune along the coastal highway bridge. 

The plan is to pump 500-thousand cubic yards of sand to build a dune averaging 16 feet high allowing for, at least, a 50 foot wide beach.

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A federal plan to restore the native oyster to the Chesapeake Bay identifies 24 tributaries in Virginia and Maryland that provide the best potential to bring back a coveted hard-shell that has declined to less than 1 percent of historic highs.

The plan was prepared by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers as part of the federally directed effort to restore the environmentally battered estuary, the nation's largest. It concludes that 14 tributaries in Maryland and 10 in Virginia offer the best hope of restoring the bay oyster.

DOVER, Del. (AP) — A federal appeals court in Philadelphia has rejected an appeal from environmental groups and the state of New Jersey challenging the Army Corps of Engineers' dredging of the Delaware River.

In a 67-page ruling issued Tuesday, the court upheld decisions by federal judges in Delaware and New Jersey who said the Corps could deepen the shipping channel in the river by five feet without violating federal environmental laws.

The Corps is deepening a 103-mile stretch of the river from 40 to 45 feet in order to accommodate larger commercial ships.