Brooks Announces Start of Work on Ontario Beach Algae Removal Project
Monroe County Executive Maggie Brooks announced the start of work on vital infrastructure needed for the Great Lakes Remedial Action Plan Program Implementation Project at Ontario Beach Park. Upon completion, the Project is expected to result in additional open swimming days and improvement in the aesthetic appearance of the Park, particularly in the swimming and pier areas.
“Ontario Beach is one of our community’s most iconic summertime destinations and its sand, surf, and park space add greatly to our high quality of life,” said Brooks. “However, for families to truly enjoy all the Park has to offer, we needed a better way to reduce the number of days the beach was closed to swimming each year. The work starting here today is a big step towards that goal and I thank the Army Corps of Engineers, State DEC, the City of Rochester, and all partners involved for their commitment to an even better Ontario Beach.”
The Great Lakes Remedial Action Plan Program Implementation Project at Ontario Beach Park was recommended to Monroe County by the Army Corps of Engineers in a 2011 Report and is being funded by a $400,000 grant from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. The permanent features being constructed by contractor C.P. Ward will include a suction intake sleeve and discharge pipe built into the structure of the pier. Once the Project is operational, the County Department of Parks will operate a wheel loader tractor equipped with a specialized boom and skimmer to relocate excess algae from the swimming area to the location of the intake sleeve. Employees from the County Departments of Parks and Environmental Services will then vacuum algae into and through the discharge pipe, where it will ultimately be released back into Lake Ontario away from the pier and swimming areas.
The infrastructure work being performed by C.P. Ward is anticipated to last approximately four weeks. The pier and swimming areas will remain open and accessible to the public for the duration of the construction phase, excepting instances when visitor safety could be compromised. In the event that any access restriction is necessary, the County will notify the public at least two days in advance.
The Project is expected to be ready for full-scale operation by mid-August.