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Office of Sen. Jeanne Shaheen

Hampton-Seabrook Harbor is one step closer to an emergency dredging project.

The Army Corps of Engineers says it plans to spend $4.6 million for maintenance in New Hampshire’s largest fishing port.

The project was included in the Corps’ national work plan for next year. The Corps received money this year to plan the dredging project.

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Rye Harbor users are urging federal officials to prioritize a dredging project they say is long overdue.

About 700 boat captains, fishermen and other residents signed a petition that was given to staffers for New Hampshire’s U.S. Senators at the town selectman’s meeting Monday night.

Rye Harbor hasn’t been dredged since around 1990, and users say increasing sedimentation is becoming an economic burden and a safety risk for mariners.  

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Vessel owners from Rye Harbor want action on what they say is a long-overdue dredging project.

They’ll meet Monday night with state and federal officials to talk about the need for that maintenance, which would be carried out by the Army Corps of Engineers.

Lobsterman Keper Connell docks his boat, the Figment, in Rye Harbor.

He says rising seas, bigger storm surges, and more development nearby are all worsening the natural sedimentation at the edges of the harbor.

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The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will begin planning emergency dredging of Hampton Harbor over the next year.

The Army Corps' 2018 Work Plan includes $275,000 for planning work ahead of dredging.

The funds will let the Corps assess dredging conditions and draw up a contract for the project.

New Hampshire's Congressional delegation has been pushing since last year for the harbor to be dredged.