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NEWFANE – A public meeting on plans to dredge harbors along the Lake Ontario shoreline is set for 7 p.m. Oct. 18 in Newfane Town Hall, 2737 Main St.
The session, organized by the six counties on the south shore of the lake, will discuss plans for an update of the Regional Harbor Dredging Management Plan, last revised in 2000. The meeting will review conditions at 20 harbors.
The Niagara County Legislature last week passed a resolution calling for immediate federal appropriations to deepen Wilson and Olcott harbors.
Low water has reduced the safe boating season from six months to four, resulting in heavy economic losses at the marinas, the resolution said. The last full-channel maintenance by the Army Corps of Engineers at the habors was 15 years ago, because of budget cuts.