COLUMBUS - State Rep. Daniel P. Troy (D-Willowick) announced that the State Controlling Board approved $11.3 million in federal funding from the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 to support the construction of a dredge material disposal facility in Fairport Harbor.
"Dredging is essential to maintain functional harbors on Lake Erie, and high-quality dredge material disposal facilities are crucial to not only preserve water quality but also to protect the local economy by allowing commercial vessels to enter, load, and unload materials at the various docks on the Grand River," said Rep. Troy. "As a member of the House Finance Committee, I strongly advocated in late 2021 for funding dredge material disposal facilities, specifically the Grand River/Fairport Harbor area. I'm happy that we could deliver with the federal government's help and state action to award these needed dollars.”
The funding in Fairport Harbor will be used to develop water channels that allow sediment to settle at the Northpark site. This will significantly improve water quality by allowing an alternative to open lake disposal, which is now prohibited by law.