VENTURA : Dredging to Cost Less Than Expected

Ventura officials have learned that it will cost $343,000 less than anticipated to dredge the Ventura Keys of silt that has built up from muddy rain runoff channeled down the Arundell Barranca.

According to a report presented to the City Council on Monday night, the Regional Water Quality Control Board has lifted its requirement that Ventura place a plastic liner in the dump for the removed silt--a decision that will save the city and Keys homeowners $448,000.

But the city will have to spend an additional $105,000 to expand the dump because the Keys has received about 12% more sediment than anticipated from the recent heavy rains.

The dredging, to cost about $2 million, will be financed by money raised through an area assessment district and city funds.

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