Joyce pushes for Conneaut, Fairport dredging

Ohio Congressman Dave Joyce has submitted a request to allocate nearly $2.8 million for Fairport Harbor dredging in the draft of a fiscal year 2023 funding bill.

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The official last week announced that he placed funding requests totaling $23 million for 15 Northeast Ohio projects into fiscal year 2023 bills that were advanced by the House Appropriations Committee.

“As a member of the House Appropriations Committee, I take seriously the responsibility to not only scrutinize federal spending but also to direct it where it’s needed most back home,” said Joyce.

“I was proud to submit these important funding requests on behalf of our Northeast Ohio community and will continue working to ensure they are included in the final legislative package that is passed by Congress and signed into law.”

Conneaut Harbor Dredging: $2,470,000

Joyce requested this federal funding to support the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) in completing dredging of Conneaut Harbor, which requires approximately 40,000 cubic yards of dredging every year to maintain the navigation channel.

This harbor is critical to the Great Lakes region’s economy, receiving important commodities for the region including coal, iron ore, aggregates, limestone, ores, and minerals.

Fairport Harbor Dredging: $2,796,000

The Congressman secured this federal funding to support the USACE in completing dredging of Fairport Harbor, a deep draft commercial harbor which requires approximately 150,000 cubic yards of dredging every other year to maintain the navigation channel.

This funding will also ensure that dredging can continue in compliance with the new Ohio open lake placement ban which was put in place to protect water quality in Lake Erie.