- Associated Press - Friday, October 24, 2014

SAGINAW, Mich. (AP) - Saginaw County officials say a feasibility study will be conducted to decide whether or not the Saginaw River needs to be deepened.

The study will cost an estimated $594,000, more than half of which will be covered by the U.S. Department of Army. The rest will be covered by a $280,000 Michigan Department of Natural Resources grant and $2,000 in local funds.

The Saginaw News (http://bit.ly/1tRsz4n ) reports deepening the Saginaw River would allow for easier movement of commercial ships in its channel and bay.

Jim Koski of the Saginaw River Alliance initially brought the proposal to commissioners last year. He says commerce along the river would benefit from a deepening project.

Koski says a cost-benefit analysis needs to happen next. He says the study should be completed within the next year or two.

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Information from: The Saginaw News, http://www.mlive.com/saginaw

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