What are the benefits of the dredging project?

Over the past decade, silt has built up in the Petaluma River, making it impossible for tourists and locals to boat down the river, whether as part of a day’s excursion for shopping and lunch in Petaluma or as part of one of the many water-based events such as the Holiday Lighted Boat parade.

Removing this silt through dredging will result in a deeper river that will accommodate a wide variety of boats. This means more recreation opportunities, the return of river events, and a revitalized riverfront economy and experience.

Dredging also will offer more flood protection.

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