Congresswoman Louise Slaughter last Friday helped to pass a bill to keep the government open while making targeted investments that will grow Rochester’s economy.
The government funding now includes more than $2 million for the dredging of Rochester harbor.
For months, Slaughter, along with other Congress members, had pushed the leaders to include support for the Rochester dredging project.
According to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, approximately 220,000 cubic yards of material must be dredged every two years from the harbor bottom in order to keep it navigable.
Superstorm Sandy supplemental funding supported the dredging of approximately 200,000 cubic yards of material from storm-impacted harbor areas in summer 2014, however, the harbor was last routinely dredged in 2009.