Dredging Begins at Great Salt Lake

Dredging Begins at Great Salt Lake

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(Salt Lake City-AP) -- Utah park officials have begun digging up mud from the bottom of the Great Salt Lake to make navigation a little easier.

The lake is at record low levels because of the dry weather.

Boats moored at the Utah State Park Marina are getting stranded because the channel that leads out of the harbor is now only five-and-a-half feet deep. Large sailboats have keels than ride much deeper than that.

So cranes are being used to dredge about three feet of mud from the channel bottom. The work will take a week or so.

Things could become even worse next year if the drought doesn't break. But the dredging is expected to allow boaters a little room to move around for the rest of this season.

(Copyright 2003 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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