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Senator Jeanne Shaheen wants the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to speed up dredging projects for two Seacoast harbors in the coming year.

Shaheen pushed last year for the Corps to dredge Hampton Harbor. That project was recently completed.

Now, she says dredging is overdue for Rye Harbor and the Piscataqua River, home to the Port of New Hampshire in Portsmouth.

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Federal engineers have begun a $4.6 million dredging project in Hampton-Seabrook harbor.

Vessel owners in the state's largest fishing port say the emergency dredge is long overdue.

They say sandy shoals that have built up on the bottom of the harbor are creating navigational hazards and hurting their businesses.

Senator Jeanne Shaheen has advocated for the project. She filmed a video Monday near the dredge site.

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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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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.