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Newport Beach wants to remove more polluted mud from bay

October 21, 2011 |  6:20 am

Newport Beach wants to dump more sediment at the Port of Long Beach.

Already, the city has been towing barges of polluted mud from the Rhine Channel to the port, and officials recently secured space for additional contaminated dirt.

That muck, and some non-toxic silt, however, has formed shoals throughout Lower Newport Bay, causing boats to increasingly run aground.

City officials are now looking to capitalize on the Long Beach opening and available federal funds to launch a broader dredging project that would bring the bay to its original 1930s depths.

The complete project could cost as much as $25 million and would require significant political support, according to the Daily Pilot.


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