- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 14, 2015

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) - The 10-year effort to remove toxic sediment from the Buffalo River is nearly complete. Now river restoration efforts are shifting to shoreline access and habitat restoration.

Advocates want the river removed from the federal list of Great Lakes Areas of Concern by next year.

On Monday, Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul (HOH’-kuhl), Congressman Brian Higgins and the Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper group announced plans to restore nearly two miles of shoreline and 20 acres of habitat at eight sites on the lower river. The work will reduce erosion, control sedimentation and control and manage invasive species.

Supporters say the projects will help both the environment and economy as the region develops its waterfront.

About $4.7 million in funding will come from the federal Great Lakes Restoration Initiative.



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