New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo yesterday announced the start of dredging at Braddock Bay in Monroe County.
This work will be undertaken as part of the State’s $15 million REDI Regional Dredging Project, removing built-up sediment from the bottom of the waterway to allow for continued safe passage of watercraft.
The dredging of up to 20 navigation channels along Lake Ontario’s south shore and the St. Lawrence River is a significant aspect of the Governor’s $300 million Resiliency and Economic Development Initiative.
“For years, communities along the shoreline of Lake Ontario have suffered from extreme weather events and flooding, and it’s high time we prepare these communities for the effects of climate change in the future,” Governor Cuomo said.
“By starting the dredging project at Braddock Bay, we are building a stronger more resilient waterfront for the future that will benefit wildlife, tourism and the surrounding community for generations to come.”
The Braddock Bay project will remove approximately 5,700 cubic yards of sediment and debris from an existing navigation channel. The dredged material will be used to nourish and build resiliency into the nearby beach.
The REDI Regional Dredging Project’s objective is to provide a comprehensive approach to the ongoing dredging needs for harbor navigation channels used primarily for recreational boating and refuge in the region.
This project tackles the necessary dredging of up to 20 harbor navigation channels through Phases I and II.
During Phase III, the State will provide counties with the information they need to update, expand, and implement long-term operational, maintenance, and funding plans to maintain recreational navigation channels in the future.