Congressman Chris Collins Announces $725,000 in Maintenance Dredging Funding for the Wilson Harbor Through U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ FY17 Civil Works Budget Request
Congressman Chris Collins (NY-27) today is announcing that the United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) FY17 Work Plan for Operations & Maintenance includes $725,000 in maintenance dredging funding for the Wilson Harbor.
“Ensuring our harbors are dredged and maintained on a regular basis helps deter safety risks and potential negative impacts to a local economy,” said Congressman Chris Collins. “Aside from the direct impact this $725,000 in funding will have on Wilson Harbor’s dredging efforts, it will also help grow Niagara County’s tourism industry and preserve Wilson’s recreational boating and fishing community. I’m pleased the Army Corps of Engineers will set aside maintenance dredging funding for the Wilson Harbor, as it will go a long way in maintaining the harbor’s current functions and future operations.”
Located on Lake Ontario at the mouth of Twelve Mile Creek in the Town of Wilson, Wilson Harbor is home to 476 slips, 2 boat launch lanes, and 15 charter boats. The Harbor has an estimated economic impact totaling $4,720,298 and also supports 69 jobs. Typically harbors are to be dredged every 3-5 years, but the full Wilson Harbor was last dredged in 2000. In effect, sections of the West Pier are have become deteriorated and now require repairs to restore proper function of the structure. Given that the Wilson Harbor is a Harbor of Refuge, dredging this harbor will eliminate any potential functional loss and ensure safety issues are addressed and corrected.
“This is terrific news and will go a long way towards the cleaning up of the Wilson Harbor,” said Doyle Phillips, Wilson Town Supervisor. “We met with the Army Corps of Engineers on Thursday morning, and the federal pier is being breeched by water and is in desperate need of repairs. With the high lake water, the harbor is also in desperate need of dredging, so this will come as welcome news to all citizens of Wilson.”
“Even as the devastation of record high water levels has incurred millions of dollars in damage through destruction of docks and supporting infrastructure, this funding will play a part in maintaining the necessary harbor depth in the future,” said David Godfrey, Niagara County’s 10th District Legislator. “The record high water brings with it record levels of silt, both of which will need to be planned for and removed. On behalf of the citizens of Wilson and all of Niagara County, I would like to thank Congressman Collins for his strong support in helping to keep our harbor ‘open for business.’ In light of the recent devastation of not only our lakeshore, but also our harbors, Congressman Collins truly recognizes the economic value our harbors bring to the entire area. Residents and visitors to our wonderful lakeside areas will continue to enjoy its beauty thanks to Congressman Collins.”
For a full breakdown of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers FY17 Civil Work Plan for Fiscal Year 2017, click here.