$170M in flood resiliency projects recommended for in Jefferson, St. Lawrence counties

wwny $170M in flood resiliency projects recommended for in Jefferson, St. Lawrence counties

WATERTOWN, N.Y. (WWNY) - St. Lawrence River and Lake Ontario flooding may happen again. But a list of projects unveiled Thursday in Ogdensburg should help alleviate some of the effects.

“It will certainly help some of the problems, yes, yes. To try to get things so that we won't have these issues in the future,” said Cheryl Shatraw, Morristown mayor.

Morristown would get $2.1 million to open up its inner harbor. A two-county state resiliency planning committee recommends that and other projects all along the lake and river shoreline.

“We had excellent submissions. I think in this region in particular we had outstanding community participation,” said Randall Young, REDI regional lead for St. Lawrence and Jefferson counties.

About $118 million in projects at marinas and waterfront businesses were recommended. That includes village docks in Alexandria Bay.

“The village docks are very important for tourism," said Steven Jarvis, Alexandria Bay mayor. "This year, a lot of the boaters didn't put their boats in.”

Some individual projects would get more than $10 million. Many have to do with water systems. Alexandria Bay would also get help with its water plants. Public officials aren't sure how those projects could be done otherwise.

“Could we have done it? It would cost the taxpayers a lot of money,” said Jarvis.

In Ogdensburg, the seawall along the Oswegatchie River has been crumbling for years. Building a new, redesigned seawall has come up a winner. But for now, like all the other projects, it remains just a recommendation.

All the committee’s project picks will now be submitted to a state commission. They will winnow it down and are expected to approve a final list next month.

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