Dredging project officially under way

The St. Sebastian River will get deeper and cleaner. But tell that to the opossum pipefish or the big-mouth sleeper, which could suffer from the muckraising cleanout.

Subaqueous Services Inc. of Orlando on Wednesday began pumping the first gobs of about 2 million cubic yards of muck that a 3-year, $17 million dredging project will remove from the river between the C-54 canal and U.S. 1 bridge. That’s enough to fill 200,000 dump trucks.