3/9/16 – 4:56 A.M.
Dredging debris behind the Riverside Park dam could cost up to $2.7 million. Those were the findings presented to city and county officials Tuesday. The Courier reports several factors still have to be considered before a final pricetag is in place. That won’t be known until officials determine things like desired water depths, areas to be dredged, future use and habitat goals, and restoration plans.
The initial findings from the consulting firm Hull & Associates cost $15,000. The bill was split by Findlay and Hancock County.
The next step will be to determine if there is any contamination in the sediment. That will cost around $32,000. A survey to find out of an endangered species of mussel lives in that area of the Blanchard will also be taken.
In the meantime city and county officials are looking to see if grant money is available to pay for the project. A proposed timeline would see the dredging take place between July and September of 2017.
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