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Cooper River Dredging To Begin Next July

By Kim Glovas

PHILADELPHIA (CBS)–The Cooper River will be dredged beginning next July and that means the rowing community is going to have to look for other venues for 2014.

Camden County Freeholder Jeff Nash says the dredging of the river will benefit everyone, but it will mean a one year hiatus for crewing events on the Cooper River.

He says an economic impact study shows the community gets a real boost from these events.

“There are tens of millions of dollars that are generated to the business communities, all of the restaurants and hotels are filled every time we have a regatta in Camden County. There will be short term because of that, but again in the long run for generations to come, the Cooper River will remain the best crew waterway in the country.”

Nash says regattas scheduled before July 2014 will be held.

The project is expected to be completed by early 2015.

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