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Expecting Damage from Dredging

by Roy Morgan
The Oregonian, September 14, 2004

I find myself drifting toward opposition to further deep dredging of the Columbia River to accommodate super ships, thinking this will further damage the river and its various life forms.

Further deterioration of the river for the sake of larger ships seems a bad idea.

Also, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' proposal to dump dredgings off the coast could have unintended consequences.

A better use of the $190 million cost for the initial dredging would be to make Astoria a proper port for super ships, with use of upgraded rail and barges to inland ports. This seems a more certain path to jobs.

Competition by the various river port authorities is wasteful. Is it possible that empire building by individual ports could be detrimental to our general region?

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Expecting Damage from Dredging
The Oregonian, September 14, 2004

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