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Coast Guard Indicates Federal Navigation Will Be Restored in Milton Harbor

(PHOTO: A Coast Guard Aids to Navigation Team (ANT) New York boat crew temporarily disestablishes buoys from Milton Harbor, New York, June 6, 2022. Due to significant shoaling in the area, the depth of water has become too shallow for Coast Guard crews to regularly access and service the buoys. Private aids to navigation will mark the channel until dredging is complete. Credit: U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Ryan Schultz)
(PHOTO: A Coast Guard Aids to Navigation Team (ANT) New York boat crew temporarily disestablishes buoys from Milton Harbor, New York, June 6, 2022. Due to significant shoaling in the area, the depth of water has become too shallow for Coast Guard crews to regularly access and service the buoys. Private aids to navigation will mark the channel until dredging is complete. Credit: U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Ryan Schultz.)

In the wake of the completed the Milton Harbor channel dredge, the US Coast Guard (USCG) has indicated it plans to restore its federal navigation buoys by early spring. The USCG removed its buoys in June after the shoaling situation became severe.

“The dredging project has been intended to achieve a minimum channel depth of 5’ at Mean Lower Low Water (MLLW),” said Lieutenant Brandon Newman, the public affairs officer for the First Coast Guard District. “We expect to receive the post-dredging survey with US Army Corps of Engineers approval in the next month or so. The Coast Guard will review the post-dredging channel survey to identify best water, and make plans with the Town to return the federal aids to the waterway. We anticipate the timeline to be complete and buoys returned in the early spring, ahead of the 2023 boating season. Sector New York is already engaging with the Milton Harbor Boat Basin Supervisor to begin this process.”

The City of Rye was forced to hire a private firm, McCauley Mooring and Diving Services of Larchmont, to install private ATONs (aids to navigation – buoys) at City expense.

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