Newport Beach hopes to ride the wave of federal economic stimulus money to fund dredging in both Upper Newport Bay and Newport Harbor.
“The city is using all avenues for potential federal funding,” said Newport Beach Councilwoman Leslie Daigle.
The House of Representatives’ version of President Obama’s multibillion-dollar stimulus package contains $2 billion in funding for the Army Corps of Engineers for construction projects, Daigle said.
The money would be geared toward projects that are “shovel-ready,” or that can be used to immediately stimulate the economy.
“If ever there were ever a shovel-ready project, the Back Bay is it,” she said.
Money for the ongoing dredging in Upper Newport Bay could run dry as early as June without additional federal funding, Daigle said.