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Federal funds to pay for dredging of port, bay

Rochester Business Journal
March 4, 2014

The Port of Rochester and Irondequoit Bay each will undergo full dredging, thanks to additional appropriations of $2.2 million and $350,000 in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers fiscal 2014 budget, officials announced Tuesday.

The $2.2 million for the port dredging will be combined with an original allocation of $1.2 million included in the Disaster Relief Act of 2013 to dredge 100,000 of the cubic yards of silt in the port from Superstorm Sandy, officials said.

Congress allocated the money for ACE projects, with the agency determining how the money will be spent.

The disaster relief legislation also included $410,000 to dredge 10,000 cubic yards of silt that accumulated in Irondequoit Bay as a result of Sandy.

“We will finally be able to maximize the potential of our lakeshore by conducting a full dredging of the Port of Rochester and Irondequoit Bay for recreational and commercial boaters alike,” said Rep. Louise Slaughter, D-Perinton, in a statement.

The ACE will do the dredging. The federal standard depth is 21 feet for the port and nine feet for the bay, officials said.

“By importing $10 million worth of goods every year, the port supports local jobs and our community cannot risk a long-term interruption of service,” said Slaughter, co-chairman of the Great Lakes Task Force.

(c) 2014 Rochester Business Journal. To obtain permission to reprint this article, call 585-546-8303 or email service@rbj.net.


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