State Rejects Request to Resume Dredging in Apalachicola River

The state is denying a request by the Army Corps of Engineers to resume dredging in the Apalachicola River.

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection says the Corps failed to remove the dredged sand from where it was piled as was required by a previous permit, so it won't issue a new one.

DEP says the sand removed from the river bed was piled into tributaries, clogging them up and harming wildlife habitat.

DEP says, however, that dredging could resume if some of the practices the environmental agency opposes are stopped by the Corps of Engineers.

Shipping interests are in favor of dredging to keep the river navigable. Environmentalists have opposed it saying it harms fish and wildlife along the Apalachicola River.