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October 10, 2017

Warrenton to take over marina; dredging is next

  • The marina at the mouth of the Columbia hasn't been dredged in more than a decade.
    The Daily Astorian

    WARRENTON, Ore. — When boat traffic was at its peak this summer in the Hammond Marina, some fishermen found themselves nearly trapped at the docks at low tide with only 7 to 10 inches of water under their boats.

    After decades of hoping, negotiating and keeping a close eye on bills flying off to Congress, Warrenton is on its way to full ownership of the marina and boat basin. The city expects a transfer of ownership from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers next year, but one thing is already clear: Dredging needs to be priority No. 1.

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