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State grant allows needed dredging in shipping channel

6:44 AM, Jul. 13, 2013
Dredging occurred in Detroit Harbor in early March to dredge near the Washington Island Ferry Line docks. Company President Hoyt Purinton expects to be in lighter garb when the Roen Co. construction barge enters port this summer. Photo courtesy Washington Island Ferry Line.
Dredging occurred in Detroit Harbor in early March to dredge near the Washington Island Ferry Line docks. Company President Hoyt Purinton expects to be in lighter garb when the Roen Co. construction barge enters port this summer. Photo courtesy Washington Island Ferry Line.
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Washington Island town and business officials are lauding Gov. Scott Walker's approval of a $5.182 million harbor grant to be used to dredge the federal navigation channel leading up to Detroit Harbor.

"This dredging project is much needed and long overdue," Washington Town Chairman Joel Gunnlaugsson said this week.

Walker released $13 million in harbor grants for seven harbors around the state this week. Lawmakers added the town of Washington project and a Racine County marina at the mouth of Root River to the 2013-15 budget, which the governor signed June 30. ...

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