Shovel ready

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Projects moving forward include:

• The New Jersey Intracoastal Waterway: $1,260,000 for dredging critically shoaled areas.

• The Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway: $6,175,000 for dredging at Palm Valley in North Florida and constructing a dredge spoil retention area; $5.9 million for dredging in Georgia; $4.4 million for dredging and dike construction along the North Carolina ICW; $4 million for dredging and dike construction in South Carolina; $1,750,000 for bridge repairs in Virginia and along the Dismal Swamp Canal.

• Mississippi River: repairing boat ramps on the Missouri and Ohio rivers

• Cape Fear River: repairing recreational facilities at a park near Wilmington, N.C.

• Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway: extensive work on locks

• Other locations due for dredging include: Great Lakes harbors Grand Haven, Harbor Beach, Holland Harbor, Little Lake, Luddington, Saugituck, St. Joseph, and the Saginaw, St. Clair and St. Mary’s rivers; the dangerous Cold Spring inlet in New Jersey; maintenance dredging on the Oregon Inlet, N.C. ocean bar; Mississippi’s Biloxi Harbor.

See related articles:

"Riding the legislative tides"

"Boater tax relief bill takes on water"

"Federal stimulus is boon for dredging"

This article originally appeared in the Florida and the South Home Waters section of the July 2009 issue.