ILWACO — The Port of Ilwaco will receive a new year of vital maintenance work on the channel that links it with the mouth of the Columbia River, port officials learned last week.

An expenditure of $1.4 million for channel maintenance in Ilwaco was approved for 2016.

Routine dredging of the port’s access channel is needed to keep it deep enough to accommodate commercial fishing vessels and the U.S. Coast Guard local motor lifeboats.

Spending was not approved for the coming year to study replacing pile dikes that keep sediment out of the Ilwaco and Chinook port channels. Requests were made for $700,000 for Ilwaco and $800,000 for Chinook.

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