New York Governor Kathy Hochul yesterday announced the completion of Phase II of New York State’s $15 million Regional Dredging Project.
The dredging project is part of the State’s $300 million Resiliency and Economic Development Initiative (REDI) effort to repair and build resiliency in communities recovering from damage caused by high water levels and flooding along Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River.
“Communities along Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River have endured so much already at the hands of flood waters and our dredging operations are playing a critical role in creating more resilient shorelines,” said Governor Hochul.
“With this work now complete, residents and tourists alike will benefit from enhanced access of these critical waterways, helping to bolster local economies and promote safe recreational boating.”
The dredging removed built-up sediment from the bottom of the waterways to allow for continued safe harbor and passage of watercraft. Through two phases, the project tackled maintenance dredging of 20 harbor navigation channels.
Over seventy-five percent of the dredged sediment was beneficially reused in a variety of ways including beach renourishment, littoral placement, and general fill.
Dredging undertaken as part of the REDI Regional Dredging Program included:
- Salmon River/Port Ontario, Sandy Pond Outlet (Oswego County)
- Olcott Harbor, Golden Hill State Park (Niagara County)
- Oak Orchard Harbor, Johnson Creek (Orleans County)
- Sandy Creek, Braddock Bay, Long Pond Outlet, Irondequoit Bay (Monroe County)
- Bear Creek Harbor, Pultneyville, East Bay, Port Bay, Blind Sodus (Wayne County)
- Clayton French Creek Marina, Henderson “The Cut” (Jefferson County)
- Ogdensburg “City Front Channel,” Morristown Navigation Channel (St. Lawrence County)
- Little Sodus Bay (Cayuga County)
Final sediment disposal and site restoration is ongoing.