Water fight

Back in February, I wrote about the rift between environmental groups over the water supply plan, a riff that revolved around the idea of dredging. That seems to have died down since then, huh?

Or it’s become something of a water supply plan flashpoint.

This week Will Goldsmith takes a hard look at the talk around dredging, who’s pushing it and what the real costs may be.  A 2004 report from Gannett Fleming puts the cost of dredging—as part of the water supply plan, an important distinction—at anywhere from $128 million to $145 million. That depends on how much of the sediment can be sold.

The current water supply plan runs roughly $142. But some consultants say they can dredge for much less than that and take care of our water supply necessities (which enviro groups can’t agree upon either).

Will’s got a cover story on the way. In the meantime, let the dredging wars continue.

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