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DCA forms Jackson Creek Improvement Committee

Jackson Creek in Deltaville continues to narrow and fill in at its entrance.

Recognizing the economic importance of navigable waterways to the Deltaville community and to Middlesex County, and the critical need to dredge the entrance to Jackson Creek, the Deltaville Community Association (DCA) recently established the Jackson Creek Improvement Committee (JCIC).

The purpose of the JCIC is to communicate the importance of recreational boating to the economy and jobs in the area, to raise private funds to help pay for the restoration of Jackson Creek to navigable condition, and to share information with others who are concerned about the loss of navigability of their creeks.

In its first formal action, the JCIC raised over $13,000 to meet the private funding needed for the pending maintenance dredge of Jackson Creek. None of these funds were derived from general or tornado-rebuild funds of the DCA, and all JCIC funds are being maintained in a separate DCA account. 

The committee has received a written opinion from an independent tax advisor that this funding activity is consistent with the DCA’s 501c3 tax status, and that donations to the JCIC fund are tax-deductible.

“We can no longer expect the Corps of Engineers to keep our waterways dredged. Those days are gone,” said committee chair Lud Kimbrough. “We must work with the county to solicit grants and other funding sources, and provide other means such as private donations, to keep our waterways open. Boating and water access are vitally important to Middlesex, with an economic impact of over $53 million per year plus almost 600 jobs.”

Kimbrough noted that in addition to the private funding, Deltaville Boatyard granted permission for the dredge contractor to use its facility to remove spoils. Though the 500 dump trucks needed over a 30-day period for the current dredge will surely strain operations at the facility, this removal option reduces the cost of the project significantly compared to alternative spoil removal approaches.

Contributions to the JCIC may be made to the DCA with “Jackson Creek” noted on the check. All funds not used for the current maintenance dredge will be applied to the next dredge needed, which is likely to be within the next year because the current project is only designed to curtail an emergency situation, not to return the creek to its charted specifications. 

For more information, email Kimbrough at .

posted 06.29.2011

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