The Army Corps of Engineers presented a draft dredging plan to the Blue Hill town council in July 2019. The general plan is to dredge a low-water channel through the harbor mudflats to the town dock on Water Street. The project costs have risen from the initial $1 million cost to now almost $3.5 million due to the discovery of contaminated sediment and the need to properly handle this material. The town is responsible for 10% of the up-front cost and another 10% near the completion of the dredging. Expect future public hearings on whether additional funding is appropriated for the dredging plan before the council’s next budget approval set for April 2020.