Millions secured to dredge Calcasieu River - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

Millions secured to dredge Calcasieu River

LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) -

The Army Corps of Engineers will provide $6.9 million for dredging projects along the Calcasieu River.

The port's executive director, Bill Rase, said it is important to make wider channels for larger vessels.

"With 39 petro-chemical plants along the channel, making the channel wider will reduce the risk of spills," Rase said.

"Originally we were only going to be able to dredge 200 feet wide and about 40 feet deep. Now, we will be able to put a little more width on the dredging activities," Rase said.

A channel is supposed to be 400 feet wide and 40 feet deep.

The dredging will be a 12-mile stretch and begin in mid-March or early April.

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