by Tom Henry, The Blade

Though only two years away from a state-imposed deadline to stop open-lake disposal of dredged material, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is proceeding as usual this summer with plans to put just as much silt as it normally digs out of the Toledo shipping channel into the open water of western Lake Erie’s North Maumee Bay.

That massive volume comes to 800,000 cubic yards again. The Corps, which maintains its dredging operations are environmentally safe, has dredged 800,000 to 1.2 million cubic yards of silt from the shipping channel each summer for years to keep it deep enough for cargo ships to ply shallow Toledo-area water.

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