Buffalo River Sediment RemediationBuffalo River Legacy Act Project
In 1969, the Buffalo River was declared biologically dead. De-oxygenation resulting from decades of industrial and municipal discharge into the river made the water uninhabitable for wildlife and posed serious health risks for humans. Starting in 2002, Buffalo Niagara Waterkeeper brought together public and private partners, as well as individuals, to secure funding and coordinate the massive cleanup effort. Together, their efforts have removed 1 million cubic yards of contaminated sediment and restored over six miles of shoreline.
A unique public-private partnership, including the U.S. EPA’s Great Lakes National Program Office (GLNPO), Buffalo Niagara WATERKEEPER® (BNW), Honeywell, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC), and the United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), developed plans to address a number of environmental problems affecting the Buffalo River. The Environmental Challenges included: contaminated river sediments, poor water quality, a lack of public access, and insufficientfishand wildlife habitat. The project was one of the first efforts to address multiple environmental issues in a single cleanup. The new partnership brought together resources and expertise to plan comprehensive cleanup of the Buffalo River.
Individual projects under the Legacy Act were completed in 2018 and monitoring of the project continues. This project was a great milestone toward transforming the Buffalo River into a beneficial environmental, economic, and community resource.
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Final Buffalo River Feasibility Study – Executive Summary through Section 6CLICK HERE
Final Buffalo River Feasibility Study – Sections 7 – 9CLICK HERE
Final Buffalo River Feasibility Study – Appendix A – BCLICK HERE
Final Buffalo River Feasibility Study – Appendix C – ECLICK HERE
Final Buffalo River Feasibility Study – Appendix F (EEE Report); Sections 1-7CLICK HERE
Final Buffalo River Feasibility Study – Appendix F; TablesCLICK HERE
Final Buffalo River Feasibility Study – Appendix F; Figures 1 – 7bCLICK HERE
Final Buffalo River Feasibility Study – Appendix F; Figures 8 – 13bCLICK HERE
Final Buffalo River Feasibility Study – Appendix F; Appendix A – CCLICK HERE
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