WATER PORT – A dredging project that maintained two waterways in OrlÃ©ans County has completed its second phase.
The work was part of New York State’s $ 15 million regional dredging project – an effort that itself is part of the state’s $ 300 million resilience and economic development initiative.
âCommunities along Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River have already suffered so badly from flooding and our dredging operations are playing a critical role in creating more resilient shorelines,â said Governor Kathy Hochul. âWith this work now complete, residents and tourists alike will benefit from improved access to these essential waterways, helping to strengthen local economies and promote safe boating. “
The PENSER regional dredging project was established in 2019. It aims to provide a comprehensive approach for the dredging of port navigation channels used primarily for recreational boating and refuges.
Dredging removed sediment that had accumulated at the bottom of the affected streams, helping to maintain a safe harbor and passage for boats.
A total of 20 port navigation canals were dredged as part of the project. More than 75% of the dredged sediments were used for beach restoration, shoreline placement and general backfilling after they were withdrawn from watercourses.
Oak Orchard Harbor and Johnson Creek were dredged in Orleans County.
âOn behalf of all the member counties of the Lake Ontario Regional Dredging Management Board (formed as a shared services initiative by the Niagara-OrlÃ©ans Regional Alliance), our sincere thanks go to the Governor and all who have makes this life-saving project possible, âsaid OrlÃ©ans County Legislature Speaker Lynne Johnson.
The ports included in the regional dredging project along the southern shore of Lake Ontario are expected to generate $ 94 million in economic activity, with $ 3.8 million in state tax revenue and $ 3.8 million additional for local communities each year. The ports support more than 1,350 local jobs.
Phase III is scheduled to take place this year, with the state transferring management of the program to the counties and providing the information they need to update, expand and implement an existing regional dredging management plan to maintain operational channels.