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Barcelona Harbor Dredging To Take Place In May

Barcelona Harbor

Posted on March 20, 2023

U.S. Rep. Nick Langworthy announced Monday the Army Corp of Engineers’ plan to start dredging the Barcelona Harbor in May, three months ahead of schedule.

“After successful meetings with the Army Corp of Engineers and local stakeholders on the dire need for dredging of the Barcelona Harbor, I am excited to announce those positive talks have resulted in a positive outcome for the residents and tourists of Westfield,” Langworthy said. “The Army Corp has agreed to move forward with the dredging of the harbor ahead of schedule and just in time for the summer season – the most critical time for the local economies along Lake Erie. I would like to thank County Executive Wendel and Town Supervisor Bills for the strong partnership we have had to deliver on a promise for the people of Chautauqua County.”

Following the Congressman’s meeting with county and town officials, he made it a top priority to tour the harbor back in February to see first-hand the safety risks and shoaling that have formed after severe weather storms have pummeled the county in recent years. As a result of the visit, Langworthy pledged to bring Chautauqua County Executive PJ Wendel, Town of Westfield Supervisor Martha Bills, and the Army Corp together to expedite the process for a critical dredging project. Securing an earlier start date is a big win for the people and economy of Chautauqua County.

“I would like to thank the Congressman for taking time out of his busy schedule to meet and discuss an issue that is near and dear to his heart, Lake Erie. Nick has been instrumental in assisting the county with their various water projects that are crucial to the economy of the county,” Wendel said.

“The dredging of the Barcelona Harbor has been a critical issue for many local businesses, residents, fishermen, and tourists and to see the project starting sooner than originally planned is a big win for all,” Bills said. “I could not ask for a better partnership with Congressman Langworthy and County Executive Wendel to deliver for the town of Westfield ahead of our busiest season.”

Langworthy represents the 23rd Congressional District of New York which includes Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Chemung, Schuyler, and Steuben Counties and parts of Erie County.


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