Congressman Tom Reed recently announced an additional $675,000 in funding for Barcelona Harbor and an additional $1,190,000 for Dunkirk Harbor to aid with dredging projects.
“We care about supporting jobs, trade, recreation and tourism in our communities. Our harbors provide significant economic activity for the region and its part of our job to make sure we protect those vital waterways,” Reed stated.
The harbor projects are authorized by the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers. Each dredging project will assist in correcting safety issues and prevent negative economic impacts locally and regionally.
The Barcelona Harbor is used for charter and commercial fishing, a charter diving operation, and the recreational boating community. Dunkirk Harbor supports charter fishing and recreational boating.
“I am thrilled to hear this needed funding is coming to Chautauqua County. I would like to thank our federal representatives, especially Congressman Reed for working with us directly,” said George Borrello, Chair of the Lake Erie Management Commission.
“We are very grateful for the additional funding for dredging of the Barcelona Harbor,” stated Martha Bills, Westfield Town Supervisor. “We are so pleased to be able to keep our harbor fully functional, and we appreciate the assistance of Congressman Reed and our federal representatives.”
“The Dunkirk Harbor is one of our city’s greatest assets, and we have been working to improve it to meet its greatest potential. The dredging of the federal channel will mean increased commercial fishing and will bring more visitors to our Harbor. Our Harbor Commission and Marina Operator are working with the city to provide additional opportunities for recreational activities, and this funding for dredging will certainly help to reach that goal,” said Willie Rosas, the mayor of Dunkirk.
The federal channel at Dunkirk Harbor has not been dredged since 2009.