Some area business owners are praising Senator Chuck Schumer for his work in securing funding to push forward a project that would allow again allow boaters access to Lake Ontario's Braddock Bay.
Sand and silt in the bay has made the water too shallow for boaters to reach the lake. Senator Schumer says as a result, the number of boaters and fishing in the area has dropped, along with property values of about 100 homes.
After a study by the Army Corps of Engineers on how to fix the problem, the Environmental Protection Agency will now chip in $575,000 toward the dredging project.
Steve Gibbs, who operates Braddock Bay Marina and Manitou Marina, calls Schumer's announcement good news.
“A big win not only for Braddock’s two marinas but also for its residents and the Greater Rochester community. A lot of work and cooperation has gone into this project and it is exactly what the bay needs. I am confident that the Army Corp’s work will not only restore the bay’s naturally self-flushing channel and protect its wetlands, but also return the bay to the thriving boating and fishing area it once was."