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Dredging projects to help boost tourism in New York

Photos show a dredge and the bay that it is sitting in. The dredge carries a red piece of equipment on the end of it. Two photos sit on the left hand side showing a more zoomed out view of the bay.
Gov. Kathy Hochul
The plans from the state show how they intend to use dredging to help with flood preparedness.

The state of New York has completed 20 dredging projects in eight counties along Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River to boost recreation and the economy. The $15 million project is part of a $300 million resiliency and economic development initiative to help communities recovering from damage caused by high water levels along the lake and river.

The work extends from Orleans to St. Lawrence counties. In Central New York, it includes projects in the Sandy Pond outlet in Oswego County, and Little Sodus Bay in Cayuga County.

In a release, Gov. Kathy Hochul said the flood prevention projects will prove essential to protecting aquatic and coastal habitats while also boosting tourism by ensuring safe access to boaters.

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