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Port Orford: A Natural Harbor Endangered By A Buildup Of Sand

Port Orford is the oldest town on Oregon’s coast.  It’s just 62 miles from the California border.

Fishing is big business in the town. But the harbor has a jetty, causing it to fill with sand.

The problem used to be remedied by the Army Corps of Engineers dredging the port.  The agency had done that for about forty years, but stopped two years ago. 

The Corps said late last month that it can’t afford to dredge the fishing port.  And that poses big problems for the fishermen.

OPB’s Think Out Loud just visited Port Orford, and discussed the town’s effort to “keep the port in Port Orford.”

You can hear the entire show and see pictures and other extras from Port Orford visit online.

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