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Construction of Port of Rochester Marina Nearing Completion

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The construction of the Port of Rochester marina is nearing completion and the marina will be open for the 2016 boating season! The marina entrance is connected directly to the Genesee River and is located approximately 0.5 miles upstream from the entrance into the channel from Lake Ontario. The deep-draft marina basin can accommodate a total of 85 transient and seasonal boats, up to 80 feet in length.

LaBella has worked with the City of Rochester on multiple projects related to the redevelopment of the Port of Rochester since the late 1990s. LaBella’s Environmental team was met with several challenges throughout the course of the most recent project – the design of the marina. In particular was the known history of the Port of Rochester site. From the mid-1800's to the mid-1920's, Charlotte Iron Works was an operational steel mill located on the western portion of the site. At that time, waste products generated from the facility, including foundry sand and slag, were used to fill in low lying areas and expand the shoreline eastward toward the Genesee River across much of the Port of Rochester site.

LaBella’s design team anticipated encountering these historic fills containing regulated solid waste and therefore developed an Environmental Management Plan (EMP) to guide the excavation, handling, and relocation of all excavated materials generated as part of the project.

Under the framework of the EMP:

  • Approximately 150,000 cubic yards of regulated solid waste was excavated and shipped to a location on Lexington Avenue for beneficial reuse as a pad for a solar array

  • An additional 18,500 tons of material not suitable for reuse was disposed of at a New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) Part 360 Landfill

  • Approximately 53,200 cubic yards of native soil was relocated off-site as clean fill

To support the excavation activity, slightly more than 301 million gallons of groundwater was pumped from the site.

With construction of the marina basin complete, the marina was allowed to begin filling with water in mid-October. One of the final steps in the project is the removal of ‘the plug’ that separates the marina basin from the Genesee River. This work will be completed in either late 2015 or early 2016.

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