After months of planning, dredging has begun at the Hannibal Marina on the Mississippi River.
The digging will be done under the slips and on the south side of the marina with an $81,000 price tag.
Hannibal Park and Recreation Supervisor Aron Lee says many of the slips are only a foot and a half above the water.
They say this is important to keep up the marina.
"If you don't, then it could possibly fill in, boats can't get in and out of the marina, the silt comes into the marina, so probably every five years a dredge is needed to get some of that silt out," Lee said.
Dredging is expected to be finished in the next two to three weeks.
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