Clarkston Mayor Warren says dredging will help local economy

CLARKSTON, WA - The Clarkston City Council said they support the Army Corps of Engineer's decision to dredge parts of the Snake and Clearwater Rivers.

In a letter approved by council members Monday evening, concerns were discussed regarding any other forms of moving sediment in the rivers. Mayor Kathleen Warren said the sediment buildup in certain parts of the rivers is harmful to the local economy because large barges aren't able to pass through.

"The council voted unanimously for me to send this letter supporting the option of dredging because that was the one that has the least negative impact on the community," said Warren.

Dredging is seen as a controversial by many, including environmentalists because the movement can be harmful to regional ecosystems.