A two-year-long project, designed to make the Rochester Harbor more accessibly to a wider range of vessels, has been completed.
The dredging project has made it so that more than just local boats will be able to make their way into the Port of Rochester’s marina.
Dredging crews have been able to remove more than 180,000 cubic yards of sediment from the Port of Rochester, and 500,000 cubic yards from the nearby Irondequoit Bay, this season alone.
The Army Corps of Engineers say the high lake levels have not impacted the process, but they have impacted traffic to the marina.
“Boating is down right now because people can’t get their boats in the water,” said Marianne Warfle, general manager at the Port of Rochester Marina. “The water levels are so high that docks are under water. So, as far as local boating, it’s down a bit.”
Congresswoman Louise Slaughter says she has secured more than $5 million since 2013 for the dredging project.