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Hammer Slough mudslide sends silt into Middle Harbor


Suzanne Ashe

About 600 to 1,000 cubic yards of silt has slipped down Hammer Slough into the Middle Harbor. Authorities are investigating the best course of action to remove it before a -4-foot tide in May.

A mound of mud has been making its way down Hammer Slough since a mudslide near the Public Works office last fall. On Saturday, at an extreme low tide of -3.6, the silt lifted a privately-owned float and at least one boat right out of the water.

“Our best guess is that it's 600 to 1,000 cubic yards.” said Harbormaster Glorianne Wollen.

The problem with the mud is that when the tide is extremely low, property that should be afloat, sits on mud instead.

City Councilman Rick Braun also took a look at the site on Saturday. In 2005, Braun did a survey of the Middle Harbor prior to the harbor...

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