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Port of Rochester cleared after $1.5M dredging
Charlotte, N.Y. Local and federal leaders are celebrating the completion of a $1.5 million project to dredge sediment from the Genesee River to ease navigation.
The cargo ship Stephen B. Roman docked at the Port of Rochester during a ceremony Monday.
The ship, which has a capacity of 7400 metric tons, was unable to dock there for over two-and-a-half years due to a buildup of sediment.
The ship's owner had been using smaller boats.
Last year, Congresswoman Louise Slaughter convened local stakeholders to advance the partnership and worked with the Army Corps of Engineers to approve the plan.
In May of 2013, Slaughter announced that she had secured funding for a new round of dredging in 2014 to ensure the long-term viability of the port.
More than 200,000 cubic yards of sediment has been dredged from the Genesee River.