Rep. Zeldin Announces Contract Awarded for Long Island Intracoastal Waterway Dredge

November 9, 2018
Press Release

PATCHOGUE, N.Y. - Congressman Lee Zeldin (R, NY- 1) just announced that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers awarded the contract today to carry out the dredge of the Long Island Intracoastal Waterway to H&L Contracting of Bayshore, New York.

“This is continued great news for our coastal economy, commercial and recreational fishermen, boaters and all whose livelihoods rely on the vitality of our communities’ waterways,” said Congressman Lee Zeldin. “Coming on the heels of an emergency dredge of the Moriches Inlet, this dredge of the Long Island Intracoastal Waterway will continue to revitalize and support the surrounding maritime industry and the tourism it attracts. In a district nearly completely surrounded by water, I will continue to work with the Army Corps of Engineers to maintain and strengthen our maritime infrastructure.”

Earlier this year, Congressman Zeldin called for the dredging of Moriches Inlet and the Long Island Intracoastal Waterway after a series of winter storms.

In April, Rep. Zeldin worked with Colonel Thomas Asbery of the Army Corps to receive the needed Emergency Declaration from the Army Corps of Engineers North Atlantic Division Brigadier General William Graham, granting Rep. Zeldin’s request to perform emergency dredging of the Moriches Inlet. This emergency declaration began the process of coordinating funding and permits so dredging vessels could begin work, which also included placement of the sand at Smith Point County Park at Rep. Zeldin’s request.

In June, Rep. Zeldin secured $12.25 million in federal funding to complete the emergency dredge of Moriches Inlet. In July, the contract was awarded by the Army Corps of Engineers to Weeks Marine to complete the emergency dredge.

In August, Congressman Zeldin secured $3 million to dredge 2.7 miles of the Long Island Intracoastal Waterway.

Last month, Rep. Zeldin announced the official start of the Moriches Inlet Emergency dredge.