New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo yesterday announced the completion of dredging at Little Sodus Bay in Cayuga County.
The project was conducted as part of the State’s $15 million REDI Regional Dredging Project, which removed built-up sediment from the bottom of the waterway to allow for continued safe passage of watercraft.
The Little Sodus Bay project removed approximately 6,000 cubic yards of sediment, which was then deposited on the shoreline east of the navigation channel to rebuild and protect the beach.
Commenting the latest news, General Services Commissioner RoAnn Destito said: “Working with our State agency and local partners, we are addressing recreational boaters’ safety, supporting the region’s tourism economy, and improving the habitats of shoreline wildlife through Governor Cuomo’s REDI Dredging Program.”
“All the work getting accomplished under the Governor’s REDI initiative is strengthening the communities hit hardest by past flooding along Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River, and I am especially proud of my agency’s involvement and achievements in the Dredging Program.”
In response to the extended pattern of flooding along the shores of Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River, Governor Cuomo created REDI to increase the resilience of shoreline communities and bolster economic development in the region.
Five REDI Regional Planning Committees, comprised of representatives from eight counties, Niagara and Orleans, Monroe, Wayne, Cayuga and Oswego, and Jefferson and St. Lawrence, were established to identify local priorities, at-risk infrastructure and other assets, and public safety concerns.