DUNKIRK – Much needed support is coming to Chautauqua County, where $10 million of federal money will now go towards infrastructure repairs.
U.S. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer was in the City of Dunkirk Thursday to make the announcement. He was joined by several local leaders to break down where the money will end up.
Included in the package is $5.9 million to dredge and repair the Dunkirk Harbor.
The Barcelona Harbor in Westfield, and Cattaraugus Creek Harbor in Irving, will also receive $1 million each for their own dredging projects.
In addition, $2 million dollars has been reserved for the Village of Mayville to replace its current contaminated wells, in an effort to ensure drinking water is kept clean.
The U.S. Senator says work at the harbors will be done by the US Army Corps of Engineers in the hopes of protecting Lake Erie’s benefit to the local economy.
“When I heard from our mayor and our local officials we need to do this, I said all hands on deck,” Schumer said during his press conference at the Dunkirk Pier. “Now I’m pleased to say it’s full steam ahead, just in time for the summer season.”
The funding from Washington is a part of the Fiscal Year 2022 omnibus, which was signed by President Biden last month.
Residents can expect to see dredging begin in the coming months. Schumer says he expects much of the work to be completed by this summer.