- Associated Press - Tuesday, October 4, 2016

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - The half-billion dollar Charleston Harbor deepening project is designed for a new generation of larger container ships. It also could be for the birds.

The Post and Courier of Charleston reports (http://bit.ly/2dDs0of ) that some material dredged from channel could be used to shore up eroding harbor islands which are nesting areas for shorebirds.

A U.S. Army Corps of Engineers plan calls for using the material to rebuild Crab Bank, Shutes Folly and Morris Island.

Almost 2 million cubic yards of dredged material would be spread on the islands. The Corps is looking for a state or local agency to help share the cost, which has not yet been determined.

About 40 million cubic yards of silt will be dredged to deepen the shipping channel to 52 feet from 45 feet.

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Information from: The Post and Courier, http://www.postandcourier.com

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