In July, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Buffalo District awarded Ryba Marine Construction Company a $2.029 million contract to perform dredging in Buffalo Harbor. The Corps said the contractor expects to begin work in July 2020.
The current contract will allow for approximately 234,000 cubic yards to be dredged from Buffalo Harbor throughout the Buffalo River and the mouth of the ship canal. In order to maintain the navigation channel, at least 140,000 cubic yards of material needs to be dredged every two years. This contract award will allow federal dredging to occur for the first time since 2018.
“We are excited to award this contract to dredge right here in our home city of Buffalo,” Lt. Col. Jason Toth, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Buffalo District Commander, said. “Buffalo Harbor is critical to the Buffalo economy. The Corps of Engineers is proud to help sustain the harbor’s navigation capabilities and contribute to the economy of our city.”
Buffalo Harbor is a deep draft commercial harbor that shipped and received 677 thousand tons of material in 2017, through its interconnectivity with 8 commercial ports. It generates approximately $60.6 million in business revenue annually, and supports 513 direct, indirect, and induced jobs that produce over $30.7 million per year in personal income for transportation-related industries.