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In September of 2005, Hillsborough County commissioned the Comprehensive Canal
Dredging and Preventative Measures (CCDPM) Study. The purpose of the study was to
evaluate known areas of concern within the residential navigable canals within the
unincorporated portions of the county in order to develop a plan to asses the potential canal
dredging needs. This document serves to outline the various recommendations developed by
the Canal Advisory Committee in conjunction with the CCDPM. These recommendations are
to be presented to the Hillsborough County Board of County Commissioners for evaluation.
Each of the following recommendations has several objectives that are considered integral
components to achieving the objective and are considered to be a complete package.
The first recommendation is to develop a Sediment Abatement and Remediation (SAR)
Program. This program will serve to diminish the degree of future siltation within the affected
areas as well as remediate by dredging any known areas of concern as identified through the
study. The initial objective outlines the funding models that have been deemed feasible for
implementation as well as outlining the operational structure of the program. The primary
funding models rely on grant and appropriations, establishing Municipal Services Benefit
Units (MSBU) and providing matching funds from the County. The recommendation
encourages increased public awareness efforts as well as developing and investigating new
standards and or practices.
The second recommendation deals with improving the County's Preventative Measures as
they relate to siltation. It calls on the County to modify its existing maintenance practices to
be more environmentally conscious. The County should support recent environmental efforts