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Waterway Open Again Those unfamiliar with the Narr o w s s o m e t i m e s go t c o n f u s e d when the color of channel markers suddenly switched from red to green, or vice versa, at the bridge. As the bridge is “head of navigation,� the markers on the right side are red as you approach the bridge ~ from either direction. Many a captain, when emerging from the western end of the Narrows into the Bay and suddenly confronted by a red marker apparently in the middle of the channel, has guessed wrong about which side to pass on ~ and had to be towed out of the mud there. Keeping the Narrows dredged to its appropriate depth (around 11 feet at mid-channel) has always been the responsibility of the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers. And they do a grand job of it, when they are directed to do so and have money appropriated for the purpose. And that, more than once, has been a problem, as it was quite recently. By 2015, the western end was

badly silted in once again. Sediment coming down the Bay has a tendency to drift into the channel there, making regular dredging a necessit y, depending on w ind and current patterns. The Corps agreed to the dredging proposal, and money was authorized for it. A location on a nearby farm was identified where the dredge spoils could be placed, and the county agreed to help with those arrangements and costs. Public meetings were held to explain the project to local residents and hear their concerns. All was on track until one nearby homeowner objected to the spoils site. This concern effectively prevented the project from going forward on schedule. By the time the matter was resolved, the money that had been authorized for the dredging, some $2 million, no longer was available to appropriate, as it had been reprogrammed to other projects. For the next two years, the Narrows continued to gather silt from t he Bay u nt i l t he we s ter n end became virtually impassable for

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