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Harbor dredging advances in federal water bill

Harbor dredging advances in federal water bill

A measure that would allow Maryland to continue to unload huge quantities of dredging spoils on islands in the Chesapeake Bay — an effort considered critical for the port of Baltimore — won broad bipartisan support Wednesday in the ordinarily divided House of Representatives. The 417-3 House vote to approve an $8 billion water bill cleared the way for negotiations with the Senate on a final legislative package that state officials hope will be even more advantageous for state shipping operations. Without congressional authorization, the state could begin running out of room to dump the muck it dredges from bay shipping channels in as little as three years, even as Baltimore...

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