Federal funding for a dredging project proposed for Put-In Creek in Mathews has been turned down by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
According to the 105-page report completed by the USACE Norfolk District, signed by Norfolk District commander Col. Paul B. Olsen and dated June 2012, the project is not economically justified because it doesn’t contribute to national economic development.
In addition, the project would involve disturbing wetlands, and, finally, the existing conditions in the creek don’t have “a significant detrimental impact on commercial seafood and charter boat operations.”
The report says that the cost of the project and the ongoing maintenance required if the creek were dredged would result in a zero cost/benefit ratio and net negative annual benefits ranging from -$83,568 to -$109,480, depending on the depth of the dredge. The cost/benefit ratio was based on responses to surveys completed by commercial wate...
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