U.S. Rep. John Katko (R-N.Y.) announced March 12 that the Corps of Engineers will fund dredging at the Port of Oswego New York on Lake Ontraio. For the current fiscal year $1.285 million dollars has been allotted for further dredging of the Port of Oswego to bring the harbor to its functional channel depths.
Work to restore the detached Oswego Breakwater will begin this summer to repair impacts from Hurricane Sandy.
In 2014 the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers began dredging of the Port of Oswego in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy when it discovered the damage to the breakwater originally built in the 1880s—damage more serious than initially thought. The recently completed dredging brought Oswego Harbor back to pre-storm conditions removing large deposits of sediment which had rendered shipping lanes unusable.
Current low water levels in Lake Ontario combined with continued sediment buildup have made the port too shallow for many ships to carry full loads into the harbor.