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Board seeks to keep waterways open

The Mathews County Board of Supervisors unanimously adopted a resolution on Tuesday outlining the problems created by the lack of dredging and the removal of aids to navigation in local waterways.

The resolution cites the removal of aids to navigation as a factor in diminished commercial and recreational boating activity, and it calls on elected and appointed officials and citizen volunteers to partner with the county to address the issue.

Mathews County Administrator Mindy Conner told the board that she and several local residents had attended the Coast Guard’s Safe Harbor Committee meeting aboard the Spirit of Norfolk on Aug. 16, and that local residents had also met with Mike Anderson of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers last week to discuss options for dredging local waterways.

Between the two meetings, a number of strategies were discussed for addressing the issue, said Conner, stressing that the county would have to take a leadership role in advocating for a solution. She...

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