Controversy over Delaware River dredging project – Dredging News Online

Living in Roxbury we are just a few miles from the headwaters of the East Branch of the Delaware river. This bearly navigable stream runs through town but as it flows south it becomes the might Delaware streaming with industry.
The controversy concerns dredging the river to increase the opportunity for more traffic and thus advance more commerce to boost regional economies. Here, economy and river ecology seems to be at odds with each other.
Sturgeon, horse shoe crabs, birds, oysters and groundwater will suffer most from dredging of the Delaware river while shipping industry reaps the benefits. Dredging projected to be finished by 2015. Here is an excerpt from article and link:

“Voigt said the purpose of the project is to make shipping more efficient in the Delaware River by deepening the river from 40ft to 45ft. The dredging is currently underway between Philadelphia and the bottom of the Delaware Bay. The channel is 100 miles long, and the hope is larger and heavier ships will be able to navigate the channel, he said.

“The main beneficiary of the project is the shipping companies, and more specifically, container and dry bulk shipping companies,” Voigt said. “Oil tankers and companies will also benefit.”

In addition to the environmental risks, some people, such as Director of the New Jersey Sierra club Jeff Tittel, think the project benefits companies while pushing the cost off on the taxpayer.

UD Review said a big concern for Tittel is the dumping of dredge spoils on environmentally sensitive areas and beaches. As the project dredges the river, they pull up contaminated sediment, which affects the land it is displaced on, he said.

“When you take those dredge spoils and put them on the land, whatever chemicals are in them will leach out and get into the groundwater and potentially the drinking water,” Tittel said.

Many environmental advocacy groups in the region, including van Rossum’s Delaware Riverkeeper, have opposed the project from the outset due to the possible harmful effects on the Delaware watershed and the Delaware River wildlife.”

Check on # of fish caught according to Seattle Times: State Fish and Wildlife westside river and lake fish checks | Reel Time Fishing Northwest | Seattle Times

Monday, February25, 2013 Winner of a 2012 Pulitzer Prize Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest. February 25, 2013 at2:55 PM State Fish and Wildlife westside river and lake fish checks IPosted by Mark Yuasa Rivers and lakes Columbia River below Bonneville Dam — Feb. 18-24: 33 bank anglers caught no fish; 27 boats with 48 anglers caught one chinook and one steelhead; two bank anglers caught no sturgeon; three boats with seven anglers caught no sturgeon. Columbia River in The Dalles Pool — Feb. 18-24: 10 bank anglers caught no sturgeon; two bank anglers caught four walleye; one boat with four anglers caught no walleye. Columbia River in John Day Pool — Feb. 18-24: 12 bank anglers caught no sturgeon; 17 boats with 36 anglers caught three sturgeon and released 14; nine bank anglers caught no steelhead; 13 boats with 31 anglers caught six walleye and released one; one boat with one angler caught one bass. Bogachiel/Quillayute River — Feb. 18-21: Three bank anglers and 40 boat anglers caught eight steelhead and released 11 for 301.5 hours fished; Feb. 22-24: 21 bank anglers and 17 boat anglers caught two steelhead and released one for 178.5 hours fished. Calawah River — Feb. 18-21: Two bank anglers and 13 boat anglers caught one steelhead and released 24 for 93.5 hours fished; Feb. 22-24: One bank angler and 39 boat anglers caught 14 steelhead and released 23 for 325.0 hours fished. Lower Hoh River from Oxbow Campground to Barlow’s — Feb. 18-21: 21 bank anglers and 48 boat anglers released 32 steelhead for 366.5 hours fished; Feb. 22-24: 31 bank anglers and 12 boat anglers released three steelhead for 161.5 hours fished. Upper Hoh River from Oxbow Campground to Olympic National Park Boundary — Feb. 18-21: 11 bank anglers and 17 boat anglers released 16 steelhead, one bull trout and three whitefish for 130.5 hours fished; Feb. 22-24: 11 bank anglers and 26 boat anglers released 14 steelhead and one bull trout for 215.0 hours fished. Washougal River – 30 bank anglers released two wild steelhead; 14 boat anglers caught one hatchery steelhead and released six wild steelhead. Klineline Pond — Feb. 22-24: 13 bank anglers caught five rainbow trout. (Checks provided by state Fish and Wildlife are taken randomly and do not reflect all fish caught during that period.) FEBRUARY 25 – 3:08 PM It’s Reel Time trivia so put on your fishing thinking cap FEBRUARY 25 – 2:55 PM State Fish and Wildlife westside river and lake fish checks FEBRUARY 25 – 1:04 PM State Fish and Wildlife saltwater fish checks FEBRUARY 24 – 1:08 PM Women’s one-day waterfowl hunting workshop is March 23 in Monroe FEBRUARY 24 – 10:58 AM Pesky northern pike eating up native fish species prompting fisheries officials to eradicate them