Petersburg pursues dredging project for south harbor

    The southeast Alaska town of Petersburg is working with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on a project to address a growing problem at one of its main harbors for commercial fishing operations.

    PETERSBURG, Alaska (AP) — The southeast Alaska town of Petersburg is working with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on a project to address a growing problem at one of its main harbors for commercial fishing operations.

    KFSK-FM reports that the Petersburg Borough Assembly has asked the federal agency to help it conduct a feasibility study to dredge the south harbor, where many of the larger boats have been going aground due to the rising basin. Assembly members have approved $325,000 for the dredging study.

    The Corp, which installed Petersburg's north harbor, would pay for about half the costs of the dredging and take over part of the permanent maintenance of the south harbor.

    Officials predict the project will be complete by 2019.

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