Rec and Park to decide on dredging harbor 

It’s about time the Recreation and Park Department figures out what to do about the Marina Yacht Harbor, the 600,000 square feet of water adjacent to the Marina Safeway.

Tonight, Rec and Park commissioners will decide whether to spend $10 million on a traditional dredge of the East Harbor – one of two owned by Rec and Park – where hundreds of Coast Guard, police and fire boats berth a year.

Rec and Park has no record of the last time the harbor has been dredged.

It comes at a price, but commissioners have been meeting in closed session with Pacific Gas and Electric Co. to talk about who will pay for what.

Some of the toxins in the silt might have come from a carbureted manufactured gas plant that was destroyed in the 1906 earthquake. PG&E owned the plant.

The City sued PG&E but the suit was dismissed because it was premature, but both The City and PG&E agreed to split up to $500,000 to figure out the extent of contamination and remedial action.

However, the dredge could cause some contaminants to leek into the Bay. You can read about the effects here.

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