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NARR: The Sheboygan river is getting cleaned up.
The benefits to the community will be enormous.
BEYER: Through the Great Lakes restoration initiative we have an opportunity
to dredge contaminated sediment out of the river
which will not only reduce health risks to people, fish, and wildlife, but it
will also deepen the river which will allow us greater navigation opportunities.
Larger vessels will be able to use the harbor and the river and that will bring in greater tourism.
PAYNE: It's gonna absolutely enhance this
area not only for water quality, clean river,
recreational uses, but for the folks that make their livelihood here.
Whether it's our charter fishermen, whether it's these beautiful restaurants
up and down the river that want to attract people here.
NARR: But for the remainder of 2012 it means a few inconveniences.
PAYNE: What we ask this summer is
as all this work's going on and you see one of the dredges up behind you right
now and you hear the noise associated with it
and soon there's going to be a lot of dust and barges coming and going and a lot
of activity on this stretch of water,
it's really important people are patient.
They need to grin and bear it just a little while longer.
BEYER: The boating area and the harbor area that you see behind me
is one of the areas that will have a lot of
sediment cleanup work going on this summer and so some of the
boats will have to be moved at certain points in time depending on where the
dredging activity is going on
and so that's one of the ways that people who enjoy the river and use the
river might be inconvenienced this summer.
PAYNE: The intention is to get it done as efficiently
and as quickly and as cost-effectively as possible, and
if folks can just be patient for a little while longer
the job's gonna get done and ultimately a black-eye in this community
is going to become one of the shining stars of this community
and folks are gonna be able to appreciate this for generations to come.