Rep. Zeldin Calls on Army Corps to Perform Emergency Dredge of Long Island Intracoastal Waterway and Moriches Inlet | Congressman Lee Zeldin

Rep. Zeldin Calls on Army Corps to Perform Emergency Dredge of Long Island Intracoastal Waterway and Moriches Inlet

April 29, 2021
Press Release

PATCHOGUE, NY - Today, Congressman Lee Zeldin (R, NY-1) called on the Army Corps of Engineers to perform an emergency dredge of the Long Island Intracoastal Waterway and Moriches Inlet. Congressman Zeldin recently joined the Coast Guard to survey the shoaling in both the waterway and inlet, which has created significant safety hazards for those traveling by boat. 

“Long Island Intracoastal Waterway and Moriches Inlet play an important role in the economic welfare and public safety of New York’s First Congressional District. These waterways are vital arteries for our vibrant coastal economy of marinas, restaurants, recreational boaters, commercial fishermen, and all of the small businesses that support these industries,” wrote Congressman Zeldin. “Failure to properly maintain these key channels will not only endanger public safety, but also harm local businesses. Unsafe navigational conditions become a greater threat as we approach the summer season which typically attracts more users.” 

A signed PDF of the letter is available here.

Full text of the letter is as follows:

Dear Lieutenant General Spellmon,

I write to you with urgency to request the Army Corps of Engineers undertake an emergency dredging of the Long Island Intracoastal Waterway and Moriches Inlet. 

After hearing from local boaters about the unsafe conditions of the waterway, I joined Coast Guard Sector Long Island Sound Commander Captain Eva Van Camp and her leadership team to survey shoaling in the Long Island Intracoastal Waterway and Moriches Inlet. I witnessed first hand the dangerous navigation conditions created by shoaling. A recent survey completed by the Army Corps of Engineers showed severe shoaling in both Moriches Inlet and Long Island Intracoastal Waterway. The Coast Guard has also acknowledged that both areas have shoaling problems that are impacting safe navigation.

Long Island Intracoastal Waterway and Moriches Inlet play an important role in the economic welfare and public safety of New York’s First Congressional District. These waterways are vital arteries for our vibrant coastal economy of marinas, restaurants, recreational boaters, commercial fishermen, and all of the small businesses that support these industries. Failure to properly maintain these key channels will not only endanger public safety, but also harm local businesses. Unsafe navigational conditions become a greater threat as we approach the summer season which typically attracts more users. 

It is essential that this waterway receives an emergency designation so that this critical project will not be left at the bottom of the queue to compete with other waterways. Thank you for your attention to this urgent concern. I look forward to your response. 

Sincerely,

Lee Zeldin

Member of Congress