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Dredging work begins in Henderson Harbor

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A lowered channel in Henderson Harbor will lift all boats.

Jefferson County crews began work on Monday to dredge a small channel connecting Lake Ontario and Henderson Harbor, which will help boaters more easily navigate through what’s called “the cut.”

“By opening up this channel, we are not only ensuring that anglers are able to travel safely from Lake Ontario to Henderson Harbor, but we’re also investing in an industry that’s critically important to nearby communities,” state Sen. Patricia A. Ritchie, R-Heuvelton, said in a news release.

The state’s budget included $60,000 in funds for the project. The Jefferson County Highway Department is leading construction.

Sediment buildup in the channel had made navigating the area treacherous and forced boaters to take a detour to get into Lake Ontario.

“This dredging enables us to pass safely through the cut, save on gas, make it from the rough waters of Lake Ontario into the calm waters of Henderson Harbor more quickly and get to the mainland in a timely manner in the event of a medical emergency,” said Fred M. Kucik, a local fishing charter captain.

In fall, crews will extend the pier near the cut by about 40 feet, Mrs. Ritchie’s office said.

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