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Schumer Calls For Deepening Of Port of Ogdensburg

Senator Charles Schumer

Posted on August 4, 2016

The Port of Ogdensburg needs to be deepened to allow additional and larger ships to dock.

But that can’t happen until the Army Corps of Engineers releases a feasibility study and grants final approval.

Senator Charles Schumer was in Ogdensburg Tuesday pushing for the federal agency to expedite the process.

After five years of review, the Army Corps of Engineers is close to releasing a feasibility study on the planned project.

The port can only handle one ship at a time and once dredging is completed and the dock wall lengthened, two ships would be able to dock at the same time.

Schumer told officials the lack of dredging and expansion of the dock wall has resulted in congestion at the port, increased cargo handling costs and lost economic opportunities.

“Keeping this harbor dredged will not only clear the way for commerce, it will also clear the way for new local jobs and economic development,” said Schumer (D. – NY).

Schumer has written a letter to Assistant Secretary of the Army Jo-Ellen Darcy urging swift approval of the project.

Source: WWNY TV

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