Contaminated mud gets the boot 

We could say it’s been millions of years since the Marina Harbor has been dredged since there’s no documentation of it, and that would also mean the Rec and Park Commission made history by finally approving a plan.

After months of talking in closed session with Pacific Gas and Electric Co. about divvying up the expenses, commissioners all voted to spend $10 million on a traditional dredge for half of the harbor – the east side.

An environmental impact report revealed that half of the 108,000 cubic yards of sediment that needs to be removed is in fact contaminated and will have to be hauled somewhere else to dry, then taken to a landfill.

The berths can park 342 recreational boats, and often they are emergency crafts for the Coast Guard and police. But the silt has built up so much that sometimes when boats dock during low tide, it’s in potentially toxic mud.

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