Inquirer: Delaware River dredging nixed in US budget plan

A long-standing debate over whether to deepen the Delaware River is getting wrapped up in the federal budget.

In the spending plan announced Monday by President Barack Obama, there was no money allocated for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to move ahead with the project.

Officials in Pennsylvania say the deepening is vital because it could spur the economy by allowing bigger ships to area ports. Lawmakers in New Jersey and Delaware oppose it, raising environmental concerns.

A federal judge ruled last week that the dredging should move ahead despite the states' objections.

Last year, Obama also did not include any money for the dredging when he presented his budget. But pro-dredging members of Congress provided funding anyway.

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Andrew Goodman, Community Engagement Director, New Kensington Community Development Corporation

Goodman is currently the Community Engagement Director at the New Kensington Community Development Corporation.

Previously, Goodman worked as a city planner and project manager for PennPraxis. His focus was on projects that combined community engagement and public space design, including the Central Delaware Waterfront Planning Process, the Green2015 initiative for Philadelphia Parks and Recreation, and the Bartram’s Mile project in Southwest Philadelphia.  Goodman was an early contributor to PlanPhilly and helped shape the site in its first iteration.  As PlanPhilly grew, Goodman represented the publisher and provided professional planning input and project management support as the site expanded its beat coverage, went through multiple redesigns, conducted an internal strategic plan, and researched revenue generation opportunities.

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