AUGUSTA — A decision by Maine’s Board of Environmental Protection will allow a dredging project in the Kennebec River to go forward in August.

The board voted 6-1 Thursday to deny an appeal of the state-issued permit allowing the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to dredge the Kennebec River in Phippsburg starting Aug. 1.

The dredging is to enable a Navy destroyer, the USS Spruance, to leave the Bath Iron Works shipyard and get out to sea.

The Department of Environmental Protection says it welcomes the board’s decision.

The DEP says it’s always agreed that the project will have an impact on the Kennebec River in the area of the dredging, but the impact is within state standards and will not have an unreasonable effect on the environment.