- Associated Press - Tuesday, September 30, 2014

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) - Efforts to get the Buffalo River off of the list of Great Lakes “toxic hotspots” are getting a new cash infusion.

The cleanup is getting nearly $4.7 million from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration under its Great Lakes Restoration Initiative.

The funding announced Monday will go toward restoring about two miles of degraded shoreline and creating natural habitat at seven sites along the river in the city of Buffalo.

It will complement the ongoing work to remove contaminated sediment from the river, which was polluted by decades of industrial discharges.

Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper, the group coordinating the work, says the sediment dredging should be done in December and that the river is on track to be removed from the Area of Concern list by 2019.

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