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Officials: No river dredging this year

Project postponed as Army Corps completes environmental reviews

Posted: Friday, August 16, 2013 12:00 am

Shippers facing an ever-shrinking navigation channel in the lower Snake and Clearwater rivers won't receive any relief this winter.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has delayed a controversial plan to dredge and deepen the channel and berthing areas at the ports of Lewiston and Clarkston until December 2014 at the earliest. The agency had hoped to complete an environmental review and a needed contract bidding process in time to allow dredging this winter. But delays related to the complexity of technical and environmental reviews that need to be completed before the work can begin have stalled the project.

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