Feds to spend $9.5M, restore Lake Ontario bay near Rochester; barrier beach, dredging planned



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GREECE, New York — The federal government will spend $9.5 million so the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers can restore a bay on Lake Ontario's New York shore where erosion and silting have drastically reduced wetlands and hampered boating.

Sen. Charles Schumer was at Braddock Bay Marina Monday to announce the Environmental Protection Agency's project to restore the waterway in the town of Greece, just west of Rochester.

Severe storms over the decades have nearly washed away the bay's barrier beach, allowing sand to be pushed in from the lake. Schumer says the bay has lost 100 acres of wetlands and much of the bay is too shallow for most boats, hurting the marina's business.

The funding will be used to build a barrier beach and to dredge a deeper navigational channel for boaters.

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