"The key thing is, there is a problem in terms of adequate funding to maintain federal infrastructure," said Debby Chenoweth, operations director for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for Oregon, the federal agency that maintains federal port facilities.
"It's not limited just to Tillamook," she
The federal Office of Management and Budget has directed the corps to give priority to dredging bars with commercial traffic, said Chenoweth
The high volume of water sweeping through it tends to keep it scoured out, and annual surveys confirm the authorized depth has remained at 18 feet or more, said Chenoweth
.Because of the capsizing, the next survey will be done next week, rather than waiting until July.