An alternative may be coming to the costly, annual dredging that has been used to keep sand from clogging up Lake Altoona.

The Lake Altoona District has been gifted $1.2 million worth of equipment that passively filters sand out of river water and moves it off-site. But before that new machinery can get up and running, it requires significant up-front costs and numerous approvals.

Michele Skinner, chairwoman of the lake district, has a contract from the Port Authority of Cleveland to accept the donation of a bedload sediment collector and associated equipment. Once she puts her signature on the document, the lake district will have 90 days to transport the many tons of machinery here.

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