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Port of Kennewick throwing a few curves into the shoreline

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KENNEWICK, WA-The Clover Island shoreline is taking shape. Actually, the shoreline will soon take on a new shape.

A huge pile of rock, dirt, and concrete is about to be moved from an old trailer park to the island's west causeway, which is the shoreline along the road leading out to the island.

The Port of Kennewick's goal is to stop erosion and improve fish habitat by reconfiguring the shoreline. But before the port can restore the shoreline, it must move a lot of scrap concrete that had been dumped along the banks over the last 50 years to slow down the erosion. "The simplest method in the 50s was to dump concrete over the edge to stabilize the shoreline without taking into consideration what it would look like 50 years later, and what the environmental impact would be," says Tana Bader-Inglima, director of governmental relations and marketing.

Along with replacing the existing straight shoreline with a more natural curvy shoreline, the port will extend public pathways and line the banks with native plantings.

A $500,000 state grant is funding the project. Work will begin once the weather improves, and the project must be complete before the salmon migration in the spring.