By the time the dredge system in New York City’s Long Island is finally complete, it will have delivered more than $4.6 billion in dredge to the state and a half-billion in dredged soil to nearby communities.
The money has been invested in the dredging of the bay for more than a century.
In 1876, the city was home to the world’s largest dredge company.
In the 1920s, it was the largest.
In 1965, after decades of protests, the company went bankrupt, with most of its workers and equipment moved to other industries.
Today, the dredges are still used to move heavy equipment, to clear waterways for oil exploration, to protect coastal property from erosion, and to carry cement.
In 2017, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation began construction on the first dredge project in the United States to build a network of large-scale, high-volume dredges in the Hudson River Basin.
The $4 billion project will use a combination of dredge trucks and barges, which will travel along the Long Island Sound to reach a port at New Castle.
The barges will then be transported to the dredger docks, where the barges are loaded onto trucks.
The barges then are shipped out to a port in New Jersey, where they are trucked back to New York.
In a recent news release, the DEEC said the dredged material will be used for a variety of industries.
The project, which began in 2019, has generated an estimated $5 billion in economic activity, including construction, equipment and maintenance.
The dredge is expected to start operations later this year.