River Dredgers Ordered to Quiet Down

For the first time ever, a company that dredges the Allegheny River will have to cut down on the noise it makes with its heavy equipment. The Allegheny Front's Deborah Weisberg has the story.

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OPEN: For the first time ever, a company that dredges the Allegheny River will have to cut down on the noise it makes with its heavy equipment. The Allegheny Front's Deborah Weisberg has the
story.

DW: River dredgers are already under fire over concerns they disrupt fish and mussel habitat when they scoop sand and gravel from area riverbeds. The glacial aggregate is sold to PennDOT for road construction. Recently, Hansen Aggregates PMA, Inc. was ordered to cut back on dredging noise, after residents of the River Forest community in Westmoreland County complained.

John Arway is the environmental director of the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission.

(Arway)

DW: Although Hansen has been ordered to curtail noise only around the River Forest community at certain times of year, Arway says a precedent has now been set for other parts of the Allegheny and Ohio Rivers. Hansen is appealing the new restriction.

Hansen and two other dredging companies are also fighting a permit requirement that forces them to do more extensive fish surveys where they intend to dredge. Here's Arway.

(Arway on surveys)

That case will go before the State Environmental Hearing Board in September. For the AF, I'm DW.