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April 16, 2013

Sandy money to be used for dredging

Wilson, Olcott and Oak Orchard affected


Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — Dredging only new silt would be impractical, so the harbors would be properly cleared. Dredging removes built-up sediment that, over time, narrows a harbor’s channel dimensions and creates unsafe navigation conditions for both commercial and recreational boating. 

"Every once in a while you have a good day at the office and that, for me, was a good day at the office," said Collins whose 27th District includes all of Orleans, Genesee, Wyoming and Livingston Counties and parts of Erie, Monroe, Niagara and Ontario counties. "It's not just Niagara County that's impacted."

While Collins estimated that 95 percent of Sandy money will be used in New York City, New Jersey and Connecticut, he is confident there will be enough money to dredge the Wilson, Oak Orchard and Olcott harbors.

"I don't have the dollar amount, but it will be whatever is needed to get the job done," Collins said. "I don't think money, at this point, is going to be a problem."

"It's tremendous news," Jastrzemski said. "I've been fighting eight years. That's great news."

The supervisor noted that he had a good dialog with Collins and that  Maziarz was an important part of the push.

County Legislator David Godfrey, the chairman of the Community and Safety Committee, has been active in the process. "It's fabulous," he said. "It's very good news, wonderful."

Godfrey, who works with the Niagara Orleans Regional Association (NORA), helped the counties secure a grant for sampling the silt in order to determine where it will be disposed.

Newfane Supervisor said the dredging of the Olcott Harbor will  only include the area between the Federal Piers. "If I can get the sampling done at our marina, this could save us a lot of money in mobilization costs and they will do the bidding for me."

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