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Queens Creek channel markers to be reinstalled

Channel markers in Mathews County’s Queens Creek that had been changed to warning signs by the U.S. Coast Guard will be reinstalled, thanks to efforts by property owners and businesses on the creek.

In addition, navigational aids in the creek that have shoaling around them will be removed and replaced with floating aids, said Mark Emerson, chief of the aids to navigation unit at the Milford Haven Coast Guard Station.

The channel markers were changed to warning signs last November, and the Coast Guard announced its intention to do away with all aids to navigation in the creek. A notice to mariners explained that the channel had shoaled to 2-4 feet, the aids couldn’t be repositioned to mark the channel, and the creek was more dangerous marked incorrectly than left unmarked.

But several residents said that the water was deeper than the Coast Guard had said it was, with a depth of at least six feet in most places and 12 feet in the turning basin. They wrote letters and talke...

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