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Weather delays first stages of Lake Decatur dredging project


DECATUR, Illinois — Weather has been affecting an $89 million dredging project on Lake Decatur.

The Herald and Review reports ( that wet weather has delayed work during the first stages of the project. Officials hope the project will restore 30 percent of the lake's capacity over the next six years.

The Decatur City Council hired Great Lakes Dredge & Dock in February. Jon Nieman is vice president of the company's Rivers and Lakes division. He says the company plans to hire 25 to 30 people for the first stage of the project. But he says "it's been really, really wet" and work is just beginning.

The basins included in the project haven't been dredged since the lake was built in the early 1920s.

Information from: Herald & Review,

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