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San Diego OKs $60M flood control project

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SAN DIEGO (AP) - The San Diego City Council has approved a $60 million plan to clear out clogged storm channels and creeks to prevent flooding.

A local news source says the council voted Monday for a 20-year plan. Under a sweeping environmental permit, officials will be allowed to clear about 32 miles of waterways. The work of dredging up plants and sediment could begin next fall it the plan receives state and federal approval and survives likely appeals.

The council granted a sweeping environmental permit for the project. Officials wanted to avoid the time-consuming process of getting permission for each waterway.

Critics had argued that the work could damage sensitive wetlands and water quality while supporters call the program a matter of public safety.

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.

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