Port Orford fishermen hope to improvise dredging

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Associated Press

Posted on November 14, 2012 at 8:53 AM

Updated Wednesday, Nov 14 at 1:31 PM

PORT ORFORD, Ore. (AP) — Federal officials have told one of Oregon's smaller ports it won't be dredged anytime soon.

That has Port Orford fishermen worried. Sand washing into the bay makes it too shallow for boats to come in or out except at high tide.

The Coos Bay World reports (http://bit.ly/Zol2rL ) fishermen plan what's called a "prop wash."

The idea is tie their boats to the dock in a line, and run their propellers as the tide goes out.

The hope is to clear enough sand to create a channel for crab season.

Rep. Peter DeFazio says members of Congress used to use earmarks to funnel dredging money to places like Port Orford.

But earmarks have been banished. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers does annual dredging based on the export earnings of ports.

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Information from: The World, http://www.theworldlink.com

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