Rep. Chris Collins, R-Clarence, has joined with state and local leaders to renew a call for dredging of Lake Ontario harbors by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers after touring the harbors at Olcott and Wilson.
“The dredging of these harbors is long overdue,” Collins said Wednesday. “Earlier this year, I announced that the Army Corps of Engineers had the funding it needed to perform maintenance dredging in Oak Orchard, Olcott and Wilson harbors in 2014, and I look forward to seeing this necessary process begin next year.”
Collins was joined by State Sen. George Maziarz, R-Newfane; Assemblywoman Jane Corwin, R-Clarence; Niagara County Legislator David Godfrey; and Orleans County Legislator Lynne Johnson.
Olcott Harbor was last dredged in 1997 and should be dredged every five to 10 years, according to Army Corps of Engineers reports cited by Collins.
Dredging took place at Wilson Harbor in 2000 and Oak Orchard Harbor in 2004. Both harbors should be dredged every three to five years, Collins noted.