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The House Appropriations committee approved the funding Wednesday for public harbor spending at 49 locations statewide. The money would come from dollars available in the General Fund and the State Waterways Fund.
State House Republican Al Pscholka says without action low water levels could cost the state thousands of jobs this summer. The projects will remove sediment from the bottom of waterways plagued by low levels which have not been high enough in some spots for proper water access.
The low levels have hampered both business-related shipping and recreational boating. The bill also includes $23 million from the state’s Natural Resources Trust Fund for 22 acquisition projects and 54 development projects.
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