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Suffolk County Executive Bellone Announces Completion of More than $7 Million in Dredging Projects

Suffolk County, NY - January 21, 2019 - Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone today announced the completion of more than $7 million in dredge work as part of the county 2018-2019 Priority Waterway Dredging Program. The Suffolk County Department of Public Works has now completed dredge work in seventeen priority waterways across six towns to ensure safe passage for the commercial and residential fishing and boating industries. Dredged Materials Utilized to Help Restore More Than 11,000 Feet of Shoreline.

“This completion marks an important milestone to ensure that our waterways are safer for boaters throughout Long Island,” said County Executive Bellone. “Now our commercial fishing and boating industries can have greater confidence when navigating local waterways while also strengthening our shoreline.”

Suffolk County utilized an in-house, four-person dredge crew under the Department of Public Works Waterways section in addition to third-party contractors. As local municipalities make requests for dredge projects throughout the year, the County prioritizes them based upon navigational safety needs for the upcoming dredge season. All together in 2018-2019, projects where completed in the Towns of Riverhead, Southold, Southampton, East Hampton, Shelter Island and Islip.

In total, approximately 167,000 cubic yards of dredged material has been placed along approximately 11,000 feet of shoreline to restore local beaches and increase storm resiliency. Not only does this provide infrastructure protection, the additional sand is being utilized to restore an additional two miles of county beachfront to enhance the waterfront recreational experience for the public.

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