USA: Congresswoman Pushes for New Haven Harbor Dredging
Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (CT-3) pressed the Office of Management and Budget and the Army Corp of Engineers to include funding for New Haven harbor maintenance in next year’s budget.
The New Haven harbor has not been dredged since 2004 and the need for work to be done was further heightened by Hurricanes Irene and Sandy.
“The channel now needs 800,000 cubic yards of sediment dredged to restore the shipping channels to their federally authorized depth and width,” she wrote. “Without maintenance dredging in the next year, it is possible that terminal operators will be required to restrict harbor traffic during the low tide periods, which will severely limit the flow of cargo into Connecticut’s largest port.”
The Port of New Haven is the largest in Connecticut and the third largest in New England, making it a critical part of the state’s economy.
Press Release, December 7, 2012