Thursday, December 20, 2012

Tribune: Stuck Barge Proves Snake River Needs Dredging

Posted By on Thu, Dec 20, 2012 at 9:07 AM

A barge packed with 3,500 tons of grain from the Port of Lewiston was going nowhere fast Wednesday afternoon after it got stuck in the Snake River near the Idaho-Washington border.

This morning's Lewiston Tribune reports that the fully loaded barge was grounded for approximately four hours Wednesday, but there were no injuries aboard. After getting unstuck—officials were still unsure why late Wednesday—the boat moved west, continuing its journey through the Columbia River System.

Officials at the Port of Clarkston said the incident was proof-positive that the river needs serious dredging of sediment.

"This should help convince them there's a strong need," Wanda Keefer, manager of the Port of Clarkston, told the Tribune.

Just last week, the U.S. Army Corps of Enginneers released a report calling for dredging of the river's shipping channel to clear out sediment accumulation.

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