Measure authorizes dredging for Hampton, Portsmouth harbors

October 31, 2018

HAMPTON, N.H. (AP) — A bill signed into law by President Donald Trump authorizes the dredging of Hampton and Portsmouth harbors.

The project was included in the America’s Water Infrastructure Act. Authorities hope funding for the projects will come in 2019.

New Hampshire’s Democratic Congressional delegation had urged that the Trump administration prioritize emergency dredging for Hampton Harbor, the state’s largest commercial fishing port. They say severe shoaling has made the water shallow and difficult to navigate. The harbor was last dredged in 2013.

Seacoastonline.com reports captains and business owners say boats have frequently become stuck in the mud at low tide. The harbor supports 90 lobster and fishing boats, a fishing cooperative, emergency boats and the Hampton River Marina.