Debate Over Apalachicola Dredging May Be Over

There is good news for people who have been fighting to keep the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers from continuing to dredge the Apalachicola River in northwest Florida.

Congressman Allen Boyd says Congress is not funding the dredging next year. It’s not included in the House Appropriations Bill. This is a reversal of a 10-year-long trend.

Second District Congressman Boyd is one of several opponents of the dredging, which improves navigation for barge traffic, but the dredging has created a four story tall pile of sand along the riverbanks.

This is cutting off the water supply to fish and plant life living in the small creeks and tributaries, which feed off the river.

An environmental group recently named the Apalachicola River one of the nation’s most endangered rivers.