State funding for dredging harbors will help boaters

State funding for emergency dredging won't just benefit commercial vessels. It will also help recreational boaters avoid shallow water on the Saint Joseph River.

That's according to our reporting partners at the Herald Palladium.

Earlier this month, the state approved $21 million for an emergency dredging initiative.

Measurements revealed sections of the river upstream from the Bicentennial Bridge have as little as a foot or two of water, making it tough even for small boats.

Berrien County expects to receive a portion of the money to move sand between Bicentennial and Napier Avenue Bridges.

Their goal is to get it to a depth of at least four and a half feet.

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