Slaughter Announces the Completion of Dredging at Rochester’s Federal Waterways
WASHINGTON, DC — Congresswoman Louise Slaughter (NY-25) announced today that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will complete dredging at Rochester Harbor this week. Slaughter has secured more than $5 million since 2013 for dredging Rochester’s port, which ships and receives an average of 95,000 tons of material each year. Commodities that pass through the port support 95 local jobs and generate more than $6 million in salaries annually.
“I’m pleased to announce that dredging will be completed at Rochester Harbor this week. The reason I fight so hard to secure the funding necessary to dredge our port every year is to maximize its full potential at a time when it imports $10 million worth of goods annually. Infrastructure projects like these are felt across our entire region, driving job creation and construction projects throughout Monroe County. That’s why I’ve continued working for years to improve our region’s transportation infrastructure, including dredging our harbors, fixing our highways and bridges, improving our airport, building a new train station, and so much more,” said Slaughter.
"Completion of this project opens the harbor to greater commercial traffic and provides safer navigation for commercial and recreational vessels. We are grateful for the advocacy of Congresswoman Slaughter as well as other state and local partners, who have worked hard to secure funding for the effort. We look forward to assisting the community with any future projects to improve harbor infrastructure," said Lt. Col. Adam Czekanski, USACE Buffalo District commander.
Rochester Harbor stands as Monroe County’s gateway to the Great Lakes, which support more than 130,000 jobs and $18 billion in annual revenue along their shores. Slaughter has worked for years to secure federal funding to support the operation and maintenance of Rochester Harbor, including undergoing critical dredging operations that preserve its effectiveness as a commercial port. The port’s primary commercial use is the shipment of cement from Ontario, Canada, to the Lehigh Hanson Ready Mix, formerly Essroc Cement Corporation’s, wholesale distribution center located in Rochester Harbor. Access to affordable cement is the glue that helps bind together the region’s construction industry and thus is an important part of laying the foundation for the area’s economic wellbeing.
This season’s dredging operation included over 180,000 cubic yards from the Port of Rochester and 5,000 cubic yards from Irondequoit Bay.
As co-chair of the bipartisan Great Lakes Task Force, Slaughter has a long history of supporting Rochester’s job-supporting waterways. Slaughter successfully passed historic legislation that established the Great Lakes Navigation System, which helped maintain our region’s critical waterways by for the first time treating the Great Lakes as a single entity and not pitting lakeside communities against one another for the purposes of transportation and development support.