Royal River dredging gets Army Corps approval

Posted March 05, 2014, at 9:31 a.m.
Last modified March 05, 2014, at 10:58 a.m.

WASHINGTON, D.C. —  The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has put a dredging project on the Royal River in Yarmouth on its list of approved and funded projects for this year, according to statements released by Congresswoman Chellie Pingree and U.S. Sens. Susan Collins and Angus King.

“The Royal River is key to the working waterfront of Yarmouth and the shallower it’s gotten the less useful it is for those who depend onit,” Pingree said, in the press release. “We’ve been pushing for this project for years and I’m glad that the money is finally there.  The Corps has a big workload for this year, in part because of Hurricane Sandy, but I’m hopeful they will fit this project in sometime this year now that the money is there.”

“Our nation’s ports and harbors, especially those in Maine, play an integral role in supporting local economies, commerce, and marine trade jobs. There is an ongoing need to see that they are properly maintained and managed,” Collins and King said in a joint statement. “These funds are welcome news for the Town of Yarmouth and will help ensure that the Royal River can continue serving the economic interests of local businesses and the region as a whole.”

In March 2013, Collins and King wrote a letter to the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works, requesting that the Army Corps of Engineers complete the full maintenance dredging of the Royal River.

Pingree, a member of the House Appropriations Committee, has pushed for funding for various Maine dredge projects, including Wells Harbor and the Royal River in Yarmouth. The budget for the Corps’ Fiscal Year 2014 work plan includes $3 million to complete the Yarmouth project.

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