Table 7.3 Niagara River/ Lake Erie Watershed Projects Inventory

Projects may appear multiple times in the list due to being listed under multiple categories or taking place in more than one sub-watershed

Project Title Project Description Sub-watershed Organization/Agency Project Funding Level Cost Time frame Category Statussort icon
Beach Forecasting Model and Weather Station Network This project established weather station networks with real-time internet data retrieval at five northeast Lake Erie beaches and associated streams. These networks will be validated by water quality sampling results and will make existing preemptive beach closure procedures more accurate and precise. This will allow beach managers to protect human health by making more informed decisions. Big Sister Creek Erie County Health Department Federal $91,440 2010 Data Collection and Research Completed
Beach Forecasting Model and Weather Station Network This project established weather station networks with real-time internet data retrieval at five northeast Lake Erie beaches and associated streams. These networks will be validated by water quality sampling results and will make existing preemptive beach closure procedures more accurate and precise. This will allow beach managers to protect human health by making more informed decisions. Smoke(s) Creek Erie County Health Department Federal $91,440 2010 Data Collection and Research Completed
Buffalo River Watershed Study (Final Watershed Assessment) An initial watershed assessment was completed in 2012. Phase 2 would have consisted of a multi-agency strategic plan for recommending and implementing measures to address the problems within the watershed, but was not pursued due to lack of a project sponsor. Buffalo Creek US Army Corp of Engineers Federal $92,000 2012 Data Collection and Research Completed
Buffalo River Watershed Study (Final Watershed Assessment) An initial watershed assessment was completed in 2012. Phase 2 would have consisted of a multi-agency strategic plan for recommending and implementing measures to address the problems within the watershed, but was not pursued due to lack of a project sponsor. Buffalo River US Army Corp of Engineers Federal $92,000 2012 Data Collection and Research Completed
Buffalo River Watershed Study (Final Watershed Assessment) An initial watershed assessment was completed in 2012. Phase 2 would have consisted of a multi-agency strategic plan for recommending and implementing measures to address the problems within the watershed, but was not pursued due to lack of a project sponsor. Cayuga Creek US Army Corp of Engineers Federal $92,000 2012 Data Collection and Research Completed
Bell Slip As part of a brownfield remediation project, the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority constructed a shallow-water fish habitat within the Buffalo Outer Harbor bay area known as the Bell Slip. The habitat is conducive to spawning for local species. Buffalo River NYSDEC, Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority State Not Available 2006 - 2008 Habitat Restoration Completed
Buffalo Outer Harbor The United States Army Corp of Engineers (USACE) is studying the feasibility of various alternatives to restore aquatic habitat along the shoreline of Lake Erie within the Buffalo Harbor area in Buffalo, NY. Buffalo River US Army Corps of Engineers Federal $50,000 2010 Habitat Restoration Completed
Buffalo River AOC Habitat Restoration - RiverBend Phase I The RiverBend Habitat Restoration Project included the engineering and design, and implementation of habitat restoration along the Buffalo River, on the site of the former Republic Steel and Donner Hanna Coke facility, and is accessed via South Park Ave. The project is part of the greater RiverBend industrial park master plan, which is located within the South Buffalo Brownfield redevelopment area. Buffalo River Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper Federal $657,245 2014 Habitat Restoration Completed
Buffalo River Wetlands Restoration at Seneca Bluffs Removal of invasive species, planting & landscaping restoration, improved facilities. Buffalo River Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper, Erie County Department of Environment & Planning Federal $200,000 2013 Habitat Restoration Completed
Union Ship Canal A brownfield remediation project at this location included restoration of ecological areas and features, such as reef groupings, benthic substrates, submerged and emergent wetland plantings, and an inland embayment area. Buffalo River NYSDEC, Erie County, City of Buffalo State Not Available 2011 Habitat Restoration Completed
Wetland Plantings and Management at Tifft Nature Preserve This was a follow up project completed after extensive invasive species removal at Tifft Nature Preserve. This preserve hosts many state-listed species of birds and provides critical wetland habitat in the watershed. The project consisted of native wetland plantings and the purchase of a weather station to better track long term weather trends at the preserve. Without establishing native plants in the absence of Phragmites, a wetland is susceptible to recurrent invasions. A combination of bare roots, plugs and seeds were used to start natives, and protective grids surrounded each planting area to prevent herbivory or other means of damage. Buffalo River Tifft Nature Preserve (Buffalo Museum of Science) Local $113,000 2015-2016 Habitat Restoration Completed
Wetland Plantings and Management at Tifft Nature Preserve This was a follow up project completed after extensive invasive species removal at Tifft Nature Preserve. This preserve hosts many state-listed species of birds and provides critical wetland habitat in the watershed. The project consisted of native wetland plantings and the purchase of a weather station to better track long term weather trends at the preserve. Without establishing native plants in the absence of Phragmites, a wetland is susceptible to recurrent invasions. A combination of bare roots, plugs and seeds were used to start natives, and protective grids surrounded each planting area to prevent herbivory or other means of damage. Buffalo River Tifft Nature Preserve (Buffalo Museum of Science) Local $113,000 2015-2016 Data Collection and Research Completed
Cazenovia Creek, Ice Control Structure, West Seneca, NY Repair the Ice Control Structure located on Cazenovia Creek in West Seneca. The structure provides an ice retention barrier to reduce downstream flooding. Buffalo River US Army Corps of Engineers, NYS DEC, and Town of West Seneca Federal/State/Local $650,000 2017 Infrastructure Support Completed
Buffalo River Restoration & Habitat Restoration (Phase 2) Legacy Act dredging and disposal of (non-navigation channel) contaminated sediments from the Buffalo River Area of Concern, including capping of the Union Ship Canal sediments. Following dredging and capping elements, the project will backfill into specific areas of the Buffalo River Area of Concern and Union Ship canal to restore in-water habitat environments (Regional Sediment Management). Buffalo River US Army Corp of Engineers Federal $44 million 2013-2015 Navigational Dredging Completed
Buffalo River Sediment Remediation & Habitat Restoration (Phase 1) Buffalo Harbor is a Federal navigation channel within the Buffalo River Area of Concern. The project involved the removal of approximately 450,000 cubic yards of contaminated sediments from the navigation channel in order to support the elimination of the dredging restriction Beneficial Use Impairment and delisting of the Area of Concern. The project also involved significant repairs and improvements to the Dike 4 Confined Disposal Facility to support its use for disposal of contaminated sediments from outside the navigation channel dredged as part of a Legacy Act project. FY10 funds were used to initiate construction of repairs and enhancements to the Dike #4 Confined Disposal Facility and to initiate dredging. Buffalo River US Army Corp of Engineers/Great Lake Legacy Act Federal $9 million 2012 Navigational Dredging Completed
Buffalo River Sediment Transport Model The project developed a Sediment Transport Model for the Buffalo River to assist state and local agencies with the planning and implementation of measures for soil conservation and non-point source pollution prevention. Buffalo River US Army Corps of Engineers Federal Not Available Not Available Erosion Control Completed
Buffalo River Sediment Transport Model The project developed a Sediment Transport Model for the Buffalo River to assist state and local agencies with the planning and implementation of measures for soil conservation and non-point source pollution prevention. Buffalo River US Army Corps of Engineers Federal Not Available Not Available Non-point Source Pollution Completed
Contaminated Sediment Strategic Plan Identified strategic opportunities for the USACE to collaborate with EPA's Legacy Act and other programs to remove contaminated sediments from the U.S. Great Lakes Area Of Concerns (AOCs) having federal navigation channels. Buffalo River US Army Corp of Engineers Federal $756,000 2010-2015 Toxics Reduction Completed
Contaminated Sediment Strategic Plan Identified strategic opportunities for the USACE to collaborate with EPA's Legacy Act and other programs to remove contaminated sediments from the U.S. Great Lakes Area Of Concerns (AOCs) having federal navigation channels. Niagara River US Army Corp of Engineers Federal $756,000 2010-2015 Toxics Reduction Completed
New York Teachers Get WET for the Great Lakes This grant supported two five-day academies and 14 "Get WET for the Great Lakes" institutes at which teachers were provided with content and methods for conducting watershed education experiences relating to the Buffalo River, Niagara River, Eighteenmile Creek, and Rochester Embayment Areas of Concern in New York State. The project targeted teachers from underserved schools and empowered teachers and students to protect fresh water resources through direct stewardship activities in their Areas of Concern. Following the training, teachers received support to help them integrate Great Lakes information into their curricula. Buffalo River Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper Federal $168,982 2011 Outreach and Education Completed
New York Teachers Get WET for the Great Lakes This grant supported two five-day academies and 14 "Get WET for the Great Lakes" institutes at which teachers were provided with content and methods for conducting watershed education experiences relating to the Buffalo River, Niagara River, Eighteenmile Creek, and Rochester Embayment Areas of Concern in New York State. The project targeted teachers from underserved schools and empowered teachers and students to protect fresh water resources through direct stewardship activities in their Areas of Concern. Following the training, teachers received support to help them integrate Great Lakes information into their curricula. Niagara River Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper Federal $168,982 2011 Outreach and Education Completed
Enhanced Fish Consumption Advisory in Buffalo Niagara Region Current advisories were revised to improve information uptake in high-risk communities. Local community and refugee outreach groups collaborated in translating and distributing non-traditional outreach materials. This project filled a significant gap in understanding fish consumption patterns of subsistence anglers to inform future education and policy efforts. Buffalo River Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper Federal $224,997 2010 Outreach and Education Completed
Enhanced Fish Consumption Advisory in Buffalo Niagara Region Current advisories were revised to improve information uptake in high-risk communities. Local community and refugee outreach groups collaborated in translating and distributing non-traditional outreach materials. This project filled a significant gap in understanding fish consumption patterns of subsistence anglers to inform future education and policy efforts. Niagara River Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper Federal $224,997 2010 Outreach and Education Completed
Enhanced Fish Consumption Advisory in Buffalo Niagara Region Current advisories were revised to improve information uptake in high-risk communities. Local community and refugee outreach groups collaborated in translating and distributing non-traditional outreach materials. This project filled a significant gap in understanding fish consumption patterns of subsistence anglers to inform future education and policy efforts. Lake Erie Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper Federal $224,997 2010 Outreach and Education Completed
Crooked Brook Aquatic Habitat Restoration, Dunkirk, Chautauqua County, NY Restored two sections of Crooked Brook to reduce sediment loading and improve water quality. In addition, the project improved aquatic habitat within the stream. Bendway weirs and bank armoring were used in several locations to divert the main force of the stream flow back to the center of the channel. Resting pools were added between weirs to aid fish migration. In addition, at one location, engineered rock riffles were used to maintain grade and prevent head cutting of the streambed. Canadaway Creek US Fish & Wildlife Federal $77,000 2015-2016 Habitat Restoration Completed
Cattaraugus Creek/Clear Lake Drinking Water Source Protection Project The project implemented conservation and management practices on seven farms to protect water quality in area streams that are source water for Clear Lake Reservoir and lake Erie. Cattaraugus Creek Erie and Cattaraugus Soil & Water Conservation Districts State/Local Not Available Not Available Non-point Source Pollution Completed
Cattaraugus Creek/Clear Lake Drinking Water Source Protection Project The project implemented conservation and management practices on seven farms to protect water quality in area streams that are source water for Clear Lake Reservoir and lake Erie. Headwaters Cattaraugus Creek Erie and Cattaraugus Soil & Water Conservation Districts State/Local Not Available Not Available Non-point Source Pollution Completed
Xenobiotics in Fish from New York Xenobiotics in fish data was collected from Lake Erie, Niagara River, and Cayuga Creek(Niagara County) from 2010-2012 including mercury, polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) and a selected group of organochlorine pesticides (OCPs), including dichlorodiphenyltrichloro-ethane (DDT) and its metabolites, chlordane and its metabolites, dieldrin, aldrin, mirex, photomirex, heptachlor, heptachlor epoxide, hexachlorocyclohexane (HCH) isomers, hexachlorobenzene (HCB), octachlorostyrene and other contaminants. Cayuga Creek NYSDEC Federal $500,000 2010-2014 Data Collection and Research Completed
Xenobiotics in Fish from New York Xenobiotics in fish data was collected from Lake Erie, Niagara River, and Cayuga Creek(Niagara County) from 2010-2012 including mercury, polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) and a selected group of organochlorine pesticides (OCPs), including dichlorodiphenyltrichloro-ethane (DDT) and its metabolites, chlordane and its metabolites, dieldrin, aldrin, mirex, photomirex, heptachlor, heptachlor epoxide, hexachlorocyclohexane (HCH) isomers, hexachlorobenzene (HCB), octachlorostyrene and other contaminants. Lake Erie NYSDEC Federal $500,000 2010-2014 Data Collection and Research Completed
Xenobiotics in Fish from New York Xenobiotics in fish data was collected from Lake Erie, Niagara River, and Cayuga Creek(Niagara County) from 2010-2012 including mercury, polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) and a selected group of organochlorine pesticides (OCPs), including dichlorodiphenyltrichloro-ethane (DDT) and its metabolites, chlordane and its metabolites, dieldrin, aldrin, mirex, photomirex, heptachlor, heptachlor epoxide, hexachlorocyclohexane (HCH) isomers, hexachlorobenzene (HCB), octachlorostyrene and other contaminants. Niagara River NYSDEC Federal $500,000 2010-2014 Data Collection and Research Completed
Chautauqua Creek Fish Passageway, Chautauqua County, Westfield, NY Utilized in-stream construction to allow fish to pass the three barriers.1) Raised pool level at downstream railroad bridge; 2) Raised pool level at the middle barrier that was damaged by the storm; and 3) Created an engineered riffle at the upper barrier damaged by the storm to allow passage over the village water supply dam. Boulders were pinned at each location to ensure that the project does not fail during hugh flows. Chautauqua Creek US Fish & Wildlife Federal $270,000 2014-2016 Habitat Restoration Completed
Chautauqua Creek Oxbow Forest Preserve Improvement Project The Chautauqua Watershed Conversancy undertook this project as part of a larger series of public access improvements at this Preserve. Eight checkdams and a large rock outfall were installed along Lyons Road in the Town of Chautauqua as part of the erosion control project. An approximately 2500 square foot rain garden was also installed to reduce runoff that was severely eroding the steep slopes of the Chautauqua Creek Gorge. Aside from reducing erosion, these efforts will help prevent degraded water quality in Chautauqua Creek, a tributary of Lake Erie, trout stream, and drinking water supply of the Town of Westfield. Finally, over 300 individual plants from more than 30 native species were planted, which will benefit the local ecosystem by enhancing floral biodiversity and replacing lost ecological connections that stem from losses in diversity. This project was supported with funding from the New York State Conservation Partnership Program (NYSCPP) and New York Chautauqua Creek Chautauqua Watershed Conservancy Local/State 15,619 2015-2016 Water Quality Completed
Chautauqua Creek Oxbow Forest Preserve Improvement Project The Chautauqua Watershed Conversancy undertook this project as part of a larger series of public access improvements at this Preserve. Eight checkdams and a large rock outfall were installed along Lyons Road in the Town of Chautauqua as part of the erosion control project. An approximately 2500 square foot rain garden was also installed to reduce runoff that was severely eroding the steep slopes of the Chautauqua Creek Gorge. Aside from reducing erosion, these efforts will help prevent degraded water quality in Chautauqua Creek, a tributary of Lake Erie, trout stream, and drinking water supply of the Town of Westfield. Finally, over 300 individual plants from more than 30 native species were planted, which will benefit the local ecosystem by enhancing floral biodiversity and replacing lost ecological connections that stem from losses in diversity. This project was supported with funding from the New York State Conservation Partnership Program (NYSCPP) and New York Chautauqua Creek Chautauqua Watershed Conservancy Local/State 15,619 2015-2016 Erosion Control Completed
Chautauqua Creek Oxbow Forest Preserve Improvement Project The Chautauqua Watershed Conversancy undertook this project as part of a larger series of public access improvements at this Preserve. Eight checkdams and a large rock outfall were installed along Lyons Road in the Town of Chautauqua as part of the erosion control project. An approximately 2500 square foot rain garden was also installed to reduce runoff that was severely eroding the steep slopes of the Chautauqua Creek Gorge. Aside from reducing erosion, these efforts will help prevent degraded water quality in Chautauqua Creek, a tributary of Lake Erie, trout stream, and drinking water supply of the Town of Westfield. Finally, over 300 individual plants from more than 30 native species were planted, which will benefit the local ecosystem by enhancing floral biodiversity and replacing lost ecological connections that stem from losses in diversity. This project was supported with funding from the New York State Conservation Partnership Program (NYSCPP) and New York Chautauqua Creek Chautauqua Watershed Conservancy Local/State 15,619 2015-2016 Habitat Restoration Completed
Green Infrastructure along E. Spring Street in Williamsville The Village of Williamsville completed a Green Infrastructure project on East Spring Street including road construction with permeable pavement and rain gardens to capture runoff prior to discharging to Ellicott Creek in Glenn Park with funding from NYSDEC WQIP, NYS Environmental Facilities Corps GIGP, and other sources as part of larger project. Ellicott Creek Village of Williamsville State $3 million 2014-2016 Non-point Source Pollution Completed
Clear Creek Stream Habitat Restoration and Fish Passage Project, Cattaraugus County, Freedom, NY The project stabilized stream banks, reduced sediment inputs, and restored sediment transport to re-establish stream and floodplain function along Clear Creek, and provide fish passage over the sheet pile grade control structure. The project restored 0.3 miles of stream and re-opened 6 miles of stream to fish passage. Headwaters Cattaraugus Creek US Fish & Wildlife Federal $146,000 2010-2012 Habitat Restoration Completed
Spring Brook Stream Restoration and Habitat Improvement, Erie County, Springville, NY The project improved brook trout habitat conditions by reducing sediment and nutrient inputs, reduced in-stream water temperatures, and reduced bank erosion. Approximately 2700 linear feet of stream channel were enhanced with grade control structures, rip rap and lunkers in the stream, and tree and shrub plantings in the riparian zone. A fish survey conducted in the summer 2015 found brook trout using the restored sections. Headwaters Cattaraugus Creek US Fish & Wildlife Federal $100,000 2013-2015 Habitat Restoration Completed
Anticipating Future Chemical Threats to the Great Lakes This project identified persistent and bioaccumulative contaminants that chemical monitoring and surveillance programs should analyze when testing fish, air and sediments in the Great Lakes. The project focused on possible impurities, by-products, and degradation products/metabolites of commercial chemicals. Lake Erie SRC, Inc. Federal $64,912 2010-2012 Data Collection and Research Completed
Aquatic Invasive Species Prevention & Monitoring in the Eastern Great Lakes Basin This project involved both research, planning, and design of field demonstrations of technologies for eradicating invasive aquatic plants that are adversely impacting the quality and diversity of wetlands in the Great Lakes. Laboratory investigations of innovative technologies were advanced with an emphasis on those that can control Phragmites. In addition, this project conducted preliminary design of field demonstrations of various technologies for Phragmites control at multiple sites within the Great Lakes basin, including sites at selected Areas of Concern. FY10 funds were used to continue investigations at Cornell University of new insect biological control strategies as a long-term, sustainable management method against Phragmites australis, an invasive plant that threatens native wetland habitats. The work includes: 1) development of test procedures and conditions for host-specificity studies and data collection on host specificity of promising insect agents (4 shoot-boring moth species); 2) development of laboratory and greenhouse mass-rearing procedures; and 3) assessing the extent of hybridization between the native and introduced genotypes of (No Suggestions). Lake Erie The Nature Conservancy Federal $315,059 Not Available Data Collection and Research Completed
Evaluating Ponto-Caspian Fish Species for Risk of Great Lakes Invasion This project identified "high-risk" fish species from the Ponto-Caspian region of Russia. Information obtained from this investigation will be used to evaluate the effectiveness of ballast water regulations against invasive species from the Ponto-Caspian. Informational materials were developed to support early detection and monitoring initiatives in the Great Lakes. Lake Erie Buffalo State College Federal $111,264 2010-2011 Data Collection and Research Completed
Improving the Early Detection of Pronto-Caspian Fishes in the Great Lakes SUNY- Buffalo State College assessed the invasive potential for high-risk Ponto-Caspian fish from European shipping ports. Great Lakes ports were also assessed to identify high-risk locations and time periods that are a strong habitat match for these high-risk invasive fish. This data will be used to focus surveillance and early detection efforts for invasive Ponto-Caspian fish likely to adapt to the waters of the Great Lakes. Lake Erie Buffalo State College Federal $99,756 2012-2016 Data Collection and Research Completed
Observing Systems and Monitoring Nearshore Lake Erie This project increased the existing network of nearshore monitoring on Lake Erie with acquisition of three observational buoys to assess nutrients, energy and particulate fluxes between nearshore and open water zones at listed Great Lakes Areas of Concern, such as Ohio's Ashtabula River and New York's Buffalo River, and at Cattaraugus Creek. An automated underwater vehicle was used to monitor changes in water quality, hydrodynamic parameters and ice thickness. This project was designed to validate work by the University of Michigan on a hydrodynamic forecasting model to predict impacts of environmental and climate change on Lake Erie. Real-time data is available to Great Lakes stakeholders through a website. Lake Erie Buffalo State College Great Lakes Center Federal $962,583 2010-2012 Data Collection and Research Completed
Sanitary Surveys and Website for Beach Water Quality Information In this project, 38 bathing beach sanitary surveys were conducted on the St. Lawrence River, Lake Ontario, and Lake Erie. Site assessments were performed to identify sources of pollution. Results will be used to direct remediation efforts to improve water quality, reduce bather exposure to pollution, and prevent potential illness. A publicly accessible web-based system with real-time water quality information for all Great Lakes beaches was developed. Lake Erie Health Research, Inc. Federal $850,000 2010 Data Collection and Research Completed
The Lake Erie Nearshore and Offshore Nutrient Study This project assessed the causes of nutrient-related problems in the Lake Erie central and eastern basins. It quantified the major biotic and abiotic nutrient pools, rates of nutrient movement, and trophic pathways in the nearshore and offshore regions of Lake Erie. Additionally, data was coupled with hydrodynamic models of particle transport and phosphate source tracking to assess whether the pools of nutrients in the nearshore and offshore regions follow predicted patterns of lake mixing models. The models are used to determine where nutrients came from and how they move from the nearshore to offshore Lake Erie, providing information to managers on how and where to address excess nutrient input. Lake Erie Buffalo State College Great Lakes Center Federal $615,813 2011-2014 Data Collection and Research Completed
Be Green in the Great Lakes The Be Green in the Great Lakes project focused on outreach and education for the general public and land care businesses regarding alternatives to conventional synthetic pesticides and fertilizers. Four training sessions were held in August 2013 in the Great Lakes watershed. Educational brochures and web content were produced. See the Be Green in the Great Lakes Project and Pest Management Tips webpages for more information. Lake Erie NYSDEC Federal $315,223 2010-2013 Outreach and Education Completed
Sanitary Surveys: Lake Erie, Lake Ontario, Niagara River NY State Parks Sanitary surveys were conducted at seven beaches located on Lake Erie, western Lake Ontario, and the Niagara River. The sanitary surveys identified hydrological conditions, primary pollutants and their source locations. Information generated will be used to improve understanding of contamination problems and implement steps toward beach remediation. Lake Erie NYS office of Parks, Recreation & Historic Preservation Federal $250,000 2010 Data Collection and Research Completed
Sanitary Surveys: Lake Erie, Lake Ontario, Niagara River NY State Parks Sanitary surveys were conducted at seven beaches located on Lake Erie, western Lake Ontario, and the Niagara River. The sanitary surveys identified hydrological conditions, primary pollutants and their source locations. Information generated will be used to improve understanding of contamination problems and implement steps toward beach remediation. Niagara River NYS office of Parks, Recreation & Historic Preservation Federal $250,000 2010 Data Collection and Research Completed
Sanitary Surveys: Lake Erie, Lake Ontario, Niagara River NY State Parks Sanitary surveys were conducted at seven beaches located on Lake Erie, western Lake Ontario, and the Niagara River. The sanitary surveys identified hydrological conditions, primary pollutants and their source locations. Information generated will be used to improve understanding of contamination problems and implement steps toward beach remediation. Smoke(s) Creek NYS office of Parks, Recreation & Historic Preservation Federal $250,000 2010 Data Collection and Research Completed
Murder Creek Bank Stabilization Murder Creek Bank Stabilization funded by the NYSDEC Water Quality Improvement Program led by the Town of Newstead. Murder Creek Town of Newstead State $212,000 2010 Non-point Source Pollution Completed
Bergholz Creek Segment Analysis This project conducted in-depth analyses of Bergholz Creek to better understand hydrodynamics and sediment loading. Niagara River Niagara County SWCD County $22,000 2014 Data Collection and Research Completed
Characterization of the Niagara River Larval Fish Community The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Lower Great Lakes Fish and Wildlife Conservation Office sampled juvenile and larval fish using a variety of methods in several habitat types (wetlands, backwater and open flow areas) in the Niagara River from May-September 2011. Sampling methods included drift nets, ichthyoplankton nets, light traps, minnow traps, trawling and larval seines. Species diversity information will help guide management decisions on the Niagara River. Niagara River US Fish & Wildlife Federal $47,000 2010 - 2011 Data Collection and Research Completed
Phase 2 Long Term Control Plan Receiving Water Quality Assessment SUNY Buffalo State subcontracted with Malcolm Pirnie to conduct wet and dry weather sampling on Scajaquada Creek and the Niagara River in support of Phase 2 of the BSA Long Term Control Plan Niagara River Buffalo State College Local $219,316 2008-2009 Data Collection and Research Completed
Avian Habitat Restoration at Joseph Davis State Park (NY) This project restored approximately 35 acres of shrub habitat in need of restoration, making it a highly productive habitat for native pollinators, breeding birds, and migrating birds reliant on fruits from native shrubs. Buffalo Audubon Society and partners restored and enhanced 85 acres of critical bird habitat at Joseph Davis State Park along the Upper Niagara River Corridor. Through invasive species control and seeding and planting of native vegetation, the project will benefit priority bird species by improving forested wetland, scrub-shrub wetland and shrub/scrub early successional habitats throughout the park. This work will address habitat-related Beneficial Use Impairments and contribute to the delisting of the Niagara River Area of Concern by helping to reverse the loss of bird habitat. Niagara River Buffalo Audubon Society Local/Federal $200,000, $360,031 2010-2011 Habitat Restoration Completed
Common Tern Nesting HIP Common terns, which are a protected species in NYS, have been nesting on breakwalls along the Buffalo Harbor and Niagara River, and their nesting has been monitored nearly every year since 1986. A decline in nesting success was noted and attributed to deterioration of the nesting areas (concrete weathering) and competition by gulls and cormorants. Although there has been colony nesting maintenance for several years, this project marked a more dramatic increased improvement the nesting areas by adding a greater quantity substrate, brood boxes and perimeter fencing. Chick rearing success was monitored every ten days throughout the season and mink predators were removed. This HIP has improved tern nesting success compared to years with less intensive efforts. Niagara River New York Power Authority Local $1,076,000 2008-2013 Habitat Restoration Completed
Fish Attraction Structures Four structures were placed in the upper Niagara River with the intention of improving fish habitat. These structures were installed in 2008 and are being monitored periodically until 2018. As reported in the 2012 monitoring, there has been some structural loss, and accumulation of silt and Dreissena mussels; however overall the structures were in good to fair shape. The primary fish species to utilize these structures (through direct diving observation) are round goby and smallmouth bass, followed by carp, muskie and largemouth bass. The monitoring report (available online) discusses suggestions for future fish structures, based off the experiences from this project. Niagara River New York Power Authority Local $310,000 2008, Monitoring periodically until 2018 Habitat Restoration Completed
Frog Island Restoration The Frog Island Habitat Improvement Project (HIP) is a shallow, roughly 5-acre area that is currently devoid of vegetation. Historically this island was over mined for gravel, and wave action likely eroded what little remained, Located in the shallows between Motor and Strawberry Islands, this HIP involves the creation of emergent wetland and submerged aquatic vegetation (SAV) habitat in a portion of the river that at one time supported wetlands. This project involves using hard structures surrounding the island to absorb and dissipate wave energy. The purpose is to create better habitat and structure for native vegetation, fishes and waterfowl. Niagara River New York Power Authority Local $4,200,000 2013-2016 Habitat Restoration Completed
Grand Isle Ferry Landing New York State Department of Environmental Conservation acquired a 1 acre parcel within the Niagara River AOC. This parcel is one of the last undeveloped sections of shoreline that provides natural habitat for native fish, wildlife, and plant species. Niagara River NYSDEC Federal/State $26,500 2011 Habitat Restoration Completed
Motor Island Wetland Restoration This HIP consisted of excavation of a pier, implementation of breakwalls and protective berms surrounding the island, and native wetland restoration plantings on Motor Island (north of Strawberry Island). Other features included ice scouring preventions, enhancement of existing shallow pool areas, herbivory deterrents on new plants, and installation of submerged aquatic vegetation. Motor Island is important habitat for many spawning fish and resident and migratory birds, but has been susceptible to erosion ever since it was over-mined in the mid 21st century. Niagara River New York Power Authority Local $1,920,000 2012-2014 Habitat Restoration Completed
Beaver Island State Park Habitat Restoration Habitat restoration project to maximize the biodiversity of the park and to provide a richer recreational experience for the public. Lagoon Dredged & returned to marsh area. Niagara River NYS office of Parks, Recreation & Historic Preservation State Not Available 2010-11 Habitat Restoration Completed
Buckhorn State Park Habitat Restoration Protection of an important bird nesting & breeding area within the park. Includes Osprey poles installed and marsh & dredging of marsh area. Niagara River NYS office of Parks, Recreation & Historic Preservation State Not Available 2010 Habitat Restoration Completed
NYPA Planning Assistance (Flooding Impact Study) Study to evaluate the impact of flooding on threshold water levels within the Niagara River. Niagara River US Army Corps of Engineers, New York Power Authority Federal/Local $60,000 2015 Infrastructure Support Completed
Broderick Park Habitat Restoration & Seawall Repair Study to restore habitat and fish passage at Broderick Park in Buffalo, with special consideration to the deteriorated seawall. Project focused on passage of the Emerald Shiner, a species important to the food web of Lake Erie. This project led to the initiation of the Niagara River Shiner Study. Niagara River US Army Corp of Engineers Federal $130,000 2014 Infrastructure Support Completed
Broderick Park Habitat Restoration & Seawall Repair Study to restore habitat and fish passage at Broderick Park in Buffalo, with special consideration to the deteriorated seawall. Project focused on passage of the Emerald Shiner, a species important to the food web of Lake Erie. This project led to the initiation of the Niagara River Shiner Study. Niagara River US Army Corp of Engineers Federal $130,000 2014 Habitat Restoration Completed
Niagara Street Gateway Project/Great Lakes Seaway Trail Green Street Project-Phase 1, Buffalo NY Implementation of Green Infrastructure along Niagara Street within the City of Buffalo to reduce stormwater flows into the City's Combined Sewer System. Niagara River City of Buffalo Sewer Authority Federal/Local $500,000 2013-2016 Non-point Source Pollution Completed
Black Rock Canal Improvements Green infrastructure, sediment/contaminant removal & technology improvements within the Black Rock Canal. Niagara River US Army Corp of Engineers Federal $250,000 2012 Non-point Source Pollution Completed
Black Rock Canal Improvements Green infrastructure, sediment/contaminant removal & technology improvements within the Black Rock Canal. Niagara River US Army Corp of Engineers Federal $250,000 2012 Habitat Restoration Completed
Household Toxics Reduction through Consumer Education Pilot This project reduced toxic contamination of the Great Lakes from household cleaning products. It supported workshops promoting the use of nontoxic products and sustainable practices in communities throughout the Rochester Embayment, Niagara River, Eighteenmile Creek, and St. Lawrence River-Massena Area of Concern watersheds. Niagara River Rochester Institute of Technology Federal $104,192 2011-2014 Outreach and Education Completed
Agri-Chemical Handling Facility Implemented BMPs for an Agri-chemical Handling Facility within the Bergholz Creek area. Niagara River Niagara County SWCD Federal $38,000 2014 Toxics Reduction Completed
North Gorge Interceptor Project Phase 1 Removal of sediment and debris from the North Gorge Interceptor to improve function and original capacity. Niagara River City of Niagara Falls Federal $11 million 2009- Water Quality Completed
Niagara River Habitat Restoration Strategy Niagara River Habitat Conservation Strategy identified the most critical biodiversity features of the Niagara River Watershed and its major sub-basins, evaluating features in terms of current ecological health and also vulnerability. The Strategy provides a science-based, collaborative blue-print to guide future efforts and to protect and restore habitat values, species communities and ecological functions that define a healthy Niagara River Watershed. Niagara River Watershed (11 Sub-watersheds) Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper Federal $243,936 2010-2014 Habitat Restoration Completed
Woodlawn Beach Pollution Source Identification & Remediation This project continued Woodlawn Beach sanitary survey work by conducting pollution source identification on Rush Creek, Blasdell Creek and Foster Brook. Remediation efforts were conducted by studying various beach grooming techniques and other efforts to reduce pollution. Work conducted will help improve beach water quality, recreational opportunities, public health protection of swimmers, and public education. Smoke(s) Creek NYS Office of Parks, Recreation & Historic Preservation Federal/State $200,833 2010-2012 Data Collection and Research Completed
Smoke Creek Flood Control Project Restoration Dredging of sediment from the creek and excavation of accumulated soils from the banks to restore the flood-carrying capacity of the Smoke Creek Flood Control Project. Woody vegetation was also cleared from the banks. Smoke(s) Creek NYSDEC, Dormitory Authority of the State of New York State Not Available 2015 Flood Control Completed
Rush Creek Interceptor Project Project to eliminate the Blasdell Wastewater Treatment Plant & sanitary overflows to area creeks Smoke(s) Creek Erie County Division of Sewerage Management County $16 million 2014-2017 Water Quality Completed
Tonawanda Creek Watershed Agricultural BMP Implementation Project In the Niagara County section of the Tonawanda Creek Sub-watershed participating farms received funding to cover their Barnyards to reduce erosion of animal wastes. Tonawanda (Lower) Creek Niagara County SWCD State/County $450,000 2011-2015 Non-point Source Pollution Completed
Tonawanda Creek Watershed Agricultural BMP Implementation Project In the Niagara County section of the Tonawanda Creek Sub-watershed participating farms received funding to cover their Barnyards to reduce erosion of animal wastes. Tonawanda (Middle) Creek Niagara County SWCD State/County $450,000 2011-2015 Non-point Source Pollution Completed
Flood Control Projects Various projects are listed to address flooding issues throughout the Niagara River/Lake Erie Watershed. http://www.dec.ny.gov/lands/62265.html Entire Niagara River/Lake Erie Watershed NYSDEC State Varies Varies Flood Control Completed
Buffalo Harbor Maintenance Dredging Maintenance dredging occurs every other year, subject to availability of funding. Dredging is planned for summer 2017 and dredged material will be used beneficially for aquatic ecosystem restoration at Unity Island. Buffalo River US Army Corp of Engineers Federal TBD Every other year Navigational Dredging Funded
South Park Lake, NY USACE initiated a feasibility study to evaluate alternatives for aquatic ecosystem restoration in South Park Lake in Buffalo. The project was terminated as a Federal project due to a lag in the required non-Federal cost-share. Erie County and the City of Buffalo have developed a strategy to pursue this project, building on the information provided by USACE. Buffalo River US Army Corps of Engineers Federal Not currently funded 2010- Habitat Restoration Terminated
Ontario Street Aquatic Habitat Restoration Niagara River US Army Corp of Engineers Federal 50,000 2009 Habitat Restoration Terminated
Niagara River NY Strategic Navigation Dredging Feasibility planning to remove contaminated sediments from the Niagara River. Existing sediment data was compiled and used to create GIS-database. This project led to initiation of the Black Rock Channel Strategic Navigation Dredging Project. Niagara River US Army Corp of Engineers Federal 60,000 2010-2011 Navigational Dredging Terminated
Niagara River NY Strategic Navigation Dredging Feasibility planning to remove contaminated sediments from the Niagara River. Existing sediment data was compiled and used to create GIS-database. This project led to initiation of the Black Rock Channel Strategic Navigation Dredging Project. Niagara River US Army Corp of Engineers Federal 60,000 2010-2011 Toxics Reduction Terminated
Big Sister Creek Feasibility Study This project will explore options for green infrastructure or a constructed wetland to treat stormwater and creek volume before it reaches Bennett Beach. Big Sister Creek Erie County Department of Environment & Planning/ NY Sea Grant State $25,000 2017-2018 Non-point Source Pollution Underway
Evans Town Park Beach Project Installation of Green Infrastructure measures to improve water quality at the Town Beach (public).The Fern Brook Creek runs along the northwest side of the park and drains into Lake Erie and is a discharge point for stormwater drainage for Town Park. The design plan integrates rain gardens and bio-retention swales to infiltrate stormwater from roofs, paved surfaces and recreational courts before reaching the beach to further permeate daily stormwater. Big Sister Creek Town of Evans Federal $172,125 Not Available Non-point Source Pollution Underway
Lake Erie Beach Planning Study NYSDEC Division of Water- Planning Study to implement green infrastructure at Lake Erie Beach (public) Big Sister Creek Town of Evans State $75,000 2016-2017 Non-point Source Pollution Underway
Times Beach CDF Phragmites Demo (Buffalo, NY - Outer Harbor) Times Beach is a former confined disposal facility (CDF) located on the shore of Buffalo Harbor. This project has entailed planning, design, and implementation of projects to demonstrate means of removing, adaptively monitoring and controlling aquatic invasive plants. A particular area of focus is expected to be control of Phragmites australis. This project also contains a restoration planting plan to bolster the existing native species. Buffalo River US Army Corp of Engineers Federal $1,376,000 2012-2018 Data Collection and Research Underway
Blue Tower Turning Basin 1700 linear feet of in-water habitat restoration and minor riparian buffers at Buffalo Motor & Generator Corporation. Buffalo River Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper Federal $1,000,000 2017-2018 Habitat Restoration Underway
Buffalo Color Peninsula 2645 linear feet of shoreline and riparian restoration. Buffalo River Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper Federal $1,500,000 2017-2018 Habitat Restoration Underway
Buffalo Motor and Generator Corporation The project includes upland and shoreline restoration on the property owned by Buffalo Motor and Generator as well as in the adjacent river channel. In total there will be 460 linear feet of in-water habitat restoration. The site is located along the right descending bank of the Buffalo River, across the River from RiverWorks. Buffalo River Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper Federal $450,000 2017-2018 Habitat Restoration Underway
Buffalo River AOC Habitat Restoration - RiverBend Phase II This project further supports the Buffalo River Remedial Action Plan to address stream water quality monitoring, river bottom sediments, inactive hazardous waste sites, municipal and industrial wastewater treatment facilities, combined sewer overflows, and fish and wildlife habitat issues in the Buffalo River Area of Concern. In particular, data will be collected on the degradation and loss of fish and wildlife habitat, the degradation of microscopic plant and animal populations, and the presence of excess levels of nutrients and algae. Buffalo River US Department of Commerce & NOAA Federal $167,000 2013-2017 Habitat Restoration Underway
Buffalo River Bailey Peninsula and Red Jacket Park Shoreline and riparian habitat restoration in the Buffalo River Area of Concern This site will restore approximately 3,765 linear feet of shoreline as part of the management actions for delisting of the Buffalo River as an Area of Concern. Buffalo River Erie County Department of Environment & Planning Federal $1,300,000 2014-2019 Habitat Restoration Underway
Buffalo River NFTA 61 Smith Street Shoreline and riparian habitat restoration in the Buffalo River Area of Concern This site will restore approximately 1,080 linear feet of shoreline as part of the management actions required for delisting of the Buffalo River as an Area of Concern. Buffalo River Erie County Department of Environment & Planning Federal $831,000 2015-2019 Habitat Restoration Underway
Buffalo River Seneca Bluffs Shoreline and riparian habitat restoration in the Buffalo River Area of Concern This site will restore approximately 3,000 linear feet of shoreline as part of the management actions required for delisting of the Buffalo River as an Area of Concern. Buffalo River US Army Corps. of Engineers, Erie County Department of Environment & Planning Federal $2,300,000 2015-2020 Habitat Restoration Underway
Buffalo River Submerged Aquatic Vegetation In-River submerged aquatic vegetation restoration at three sites that together will restore approximately 2,300 linear feet of shoreline as part of the management actions for delisting of the Buffalo River. Buffalo River US Army Corps. of Engineers, Erie County Department of Environment & Planning Federal $1,870,000 2015-2017 Habitat Restoration Underway
Buffalo River Submerged Aquatic Vegetation Alternative Sites Submerged Aquatic Vegetation work proposed at 3 alternative sites for 2300 linear feet of habitat restoration along the Buffalo River. Buffalo River Erie County Federal $1,870,000 Not Available Habitat Restoration Underway
NYDEC Ohio Street Boat Launch 332 linear feet of shoreline and riparian/upland restoration. Buffalo River Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper Federal $306,000 2017-2018 Habitat Restoration Underway
Old Bailey Woods 805 linear feet of shoreline and riparian/upland restoration. Buffalo River Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper Federal $700,000 2017-2018 Habitat Restoration Underway
RiverFest Park 460 linear feet of in-water habitat restoration. Buffalo River Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper Federal $432,000 Not Available Habitat Restoration Underway
Toe of Katherine Street 805 linear feet of shoreline and riparian/upland restoration. Buffalo River Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper Federal $500,000 2017-2018 Habitat Restoration Underway
Vernal Pool Enhancement at Tifft Nature Preserve The purpose of this project is to create and enhance existing vernal pools in the wetlands of Tifft Nature Preserve. Currently the vernal pools at this site dry up too quickly in the season to properly host amphibians such as salamanders, which require standing water for larval and juvenile growth. This project also has an upland forest restoration component, necessary for the adult phase of amphibian life cycles. To achieve these goals, invasive nuisance trees will be removed from the upland habitat and replaced with natives (wrapped for protection from deer). Natural debris will be removed from vernal pools, then a non-permeable liner will be placed at the bottom to enhance retention. The natural debris will be places back in the pools, and volunteers and workers will monitor for amphibian presence seasonally. Buffalo River Tifft Nature Preserve (Buffalo Museum of Science) Local $92,825 2017-2018 Habitat Restoration Underway
Concord Wastewater Infrastructure Project Consolidation of Kissing Bridge and Crane Ridge subdivisions' waste water treatment plants Buffalo River Town of Concord State $50,000 2014-2017 Water Quality Underway
Installation of real time controlled in-line storage structure on Smith Street Drain Installation of overflow control structure with static weir and actuated dewatering valves to allow combined sewer to be stored upstream of the structure and rerouted to the South Interceptor for conveyance to the plant. Buffalo River City of Buffalo Sewer Authority $4,000,000 2016-2017 Water Quality Underway
Tifft Nature Preserve Site Improvements This is a green infrastructure and storm runoff reduction project at Tifft Nature Preserve. The heavily compacted gravel parking lot, which floods and runs off into Lake Kirsty, will be replaced with pervious pavement. Numerous swales, bioretention areas, rain gardens and other native plantings will be installed to prevent invasive species establishment, and improve the riparian buffer. This project will emphasize education, have signage and learning areas to inform visitors about runoff and water quality issues. Additionally, this project will greatly improve visitor access, as the uneven gravel does not adequately accommodate school buses, families with young children and visitors with special needs. Buffalo River Tifft Nature Preserve (Buffalo Museum of Science) Local $533,738 2015-2017 Water Quality Underway
Tifft Nature Preserve Site Improvements This is a green infrastructure and storm runoff reduction project at Tifft Nature Preserve. The heavily compacted gravel parking lot, which floods and runs off into Lake Kirsty, will be replaced with pervious pavement. Numerous swales, bioretention areas, rain gardens and other native plantings will be installed to prevent invasive species establishment, and improve the riparian buffer. This project will emphasize education, have signage and learning areas to inform visitors about runoff and water quality issues. Additionally, this project will greatly improve visitor access, as the uneven gravel does not adequately accommodate school buses, families with young children and visitors with special needs. Buffalo River Tifft Nature Preserve (Buffalo Museum of Science) Local $533,738 2015-2017 Flood Control Underway
Tifft Nature Preserve Site Improvements This is a green infrastructure and storm runoff reduction project at Tifft Nature Preserve. The heavily compacted gravel parking lot, which floods and runs off into Lake Kirsty, will be replaced with pervious pavement. Numerous swales, bioretention areas, rain gardens and other native plantings will be installed to prevent invasive species establishment, and improve the riparian buffer. This project will emphasize education, have signage and learning areas to inform visitors about runoff and water quality issues. Additionally, this project will greatly improve visitor access, as the uneven gravel does not adequately accommodate school buses, families with young children and visitors with special needs. Buffalo River Tifft Nature Preserve (Buffalo Museum of Science) Local $533,738 2015-2017 Erosion Control Underway
Tifft Nature Preserve Site Improvements This is a green infrastructure and storm runoff reduction project at Tifft Nature Preserve. The heavily compacted gravel parking lot, which floods and runs off into Lake Kirsty, will be replaced with pervious pavement. Numerous swales, bioretention areas, rain gardens and other native plantings will be installed to prevent invasive species establishment, and improve the riparian buffer. This project will emphasize education, have signage and learning areas to inform visitors about runoff and water quality issues. Additionally, this project will greatly improve visitor access, as the uneven gravel does not adequately accommodate school buses, families with young children and visitors with special needs. Buffalo River Tifft Nature Preserve (Buffalo Museum of Science) Local $533,738 2015-2017 Habitat Restoration Underway
Tifft Nature Preserve Site Improvements This is a green infrastructure and storm runoff reduction project at Tifft Nature Preserve. The heavily compacted gravel parking lot, which floods and runs off into Lake Kirsty, will be replaced with pervious pavement. Numerous swales, bioretention areas, rain gardens and other native plantings will be installed to prevent invasive species establishment, and improve the riparian buffer. This project will emphasize education, have signage and learning areas to inform visitors about runoff and water quality issues. Additionally, this project will greatly improve visitor access, as the uneven gravel does not adequately accommodate school buses, families with young children and visitors with special needs. Buffalo River Tifft Nature Preserve (Buffalo Museum of Science) Local $533,738 2015-2017 Outreach and Education Underway
Muskellunge Telemetry Study This acoustic telemetry project will track muskellunge in the Buffalo Harbor and Niagara River for 5-7 years. Although musky presence is well-documented in these regions, there is little information regarding the movement of muskellunge throughout these two systems between captures. This project will directly inform researchers about the migration and movement of adult muskies, and therefore elucidate where habitat restoration efforts would be the most beneficial for this prized apex predator. It is expected that enough data will be gathered in the first two years to create GIS maps identifying critical areas for habitat improvement projects, as musky are quite dependent on vegetation and shallow areas for successful spawning. Buffalo River Niagara Musky Association, NYSDEC, GLATOS, Gomez and Sullivan Engineers Local/State $113,000 2016-2021 or 2023 (dependent on transmitter battery life) Data Collection and Research Underway
Muskellunge Telemetry Study This acoustic telemetry project will track muskellunge in the Buffalo Harbor and Niagara River for 5-7 years. Although musky presence is well-documented in these regions, there is little information regarding the movement of muskellunge throughout these two systems between captures. This project will directly inform researchers about the migration and movement of adult muskies, and therefore elucidate where habitat restoration efforts would be the most beneficial for this prized apex predator. It is expected that enough data will be gathered in the first two years to create GIS maps identifying critical areas for habitat improvement projects, as musky are quite dependent on vegetation and shallow areas for successful spawning. Niagara River Niagara Musky Association, NYSDEC, GLATOS, Gomez and Sullivan Engineers Local/State $113,000 2016-2021 or 2023 (dependent on transmitter battery life) Data Collection and Research Underway
Canadaway Creek Restoration, Pomfret, Chautauqua County, New York Restore three sections of Canadaway Creek to reduce sediment loading, restore aquatic habitat and restore aquatic organism passage. Approximately 0.3 miles of stream will be restored. Canadaway Creek US Fish & Wildlife Federal $154,000 2015-2017 Habitat Restoration Underway
Point Gratiot Beach Green Infrastructure Planning Study NYS DEC Division of Water- Planning Study to implement green infrastructure at Point Gratiot beach (public) Canadaway Creek Dunkirk NYSDEC $75,000 2016-2017 Non-point Source Pollution Underway
Chadwick Bay Regional Water Supply Program - Phase 1 Implementation of a regional water supply and distribution system that consolidates separate municipal water supply and distribution systems that serve 42,000 people Cattaraugus Creek Chautauqua County and municipalities that border Lake Erie State/Local $32.35 million 2016-2018 Infrastructure Support Underway
Chadwick Bay Regional Water Supply Program - Phase 1 Implementation of a regional water supply and distribution system that consolidates separate municipal water supply and distribution systems that serve 42,000 people Chautauqua Creek Chautauqua County and municipalities that border Lake Erie State/Local $32.35 million 2016-2018 Infrastructure Support Underway
Chadwick Bay Regional Water Supply Program - Phase 1 Implementation of a regional water supply and distribution system that consolidates separate municipal water supply and distribution systems that serve 42,000 people Walnut Creek Chautauqua County and municipalities that border Lake Erie State/Local $32.35 million 2016-2018 Infrastructure Support Underway
Barcelona Breakwater Rehabilitation - Federally Authorized O&M USACE Harbor of Refuge on Great lakes Navigational System - Repair of failed breakwater sheet pile cell and mitigation of resultant shoaling Chautauqua Creek US Army Corps of Engineers, Chautauqua County & Town of Westfield Federal/Local $750,000 2017 Navigational Dredging Underway
Green Infrastructure along S. Long Street in Williamsville Green Infrastructure with porous pavement and rain gardens is planned for S. Long Street to capture runoff prior to discharging to Ellicott Creek. Funding is from NYS Environmental Facilities Corporation GIGP. Ellicott Creek Village of Williamsville State $1.5 million 2017-2019 Non-point Source Pollution Underway
Emerald Shiner Project in the Upper Niagara River This project is a comprehensive study of the life history and habitat utilization of the native emerald shiner (Notropis atherinoides) in the upper Niagara River and their importance in sustaining sport fish and piscivorous bird species (in particular the common tern, Sterna hirundo) that depend on this resource. This project focuses on restoration and enhancement of fish and wildlife resources by analyzing threats to migration and the status of key habitats, helping restore threatened species, conserving migratory birds, and educating the public. In addition, this project addresses the delisting criteria of the Niagara Remedial Action Plan (RAP) for Fish Habitat and for Fish Communities. Niagara River Buffalo State College Local $766,448 2014-2017 Data Collection and Research Underway
Identification of Lake Sturgeon Spawning Habitat in the Lower Niagara River The U.S.. Fish and Wildlife Service Lower Great Lakes Fish and Wildlife Conservation Office has been radio tagging and acoustic tagging adult lake sturgeon since 2011 to identify habitat use. These data will be used in conjunction with substrate mapping data to identify spawning habitat and prioritize management actions. Niagara River US Fish & Wildlife Federal ~ $46,000 per year 2010 - 2018 Data Collection and Research Underway
Lake Sturgeon Assessment in the Niagara River This project will assess the status of lake sturgeon populations in the Lower Niagara River and Niagara Bar and upper Niagara River. Lake sturgeon are captured, aged, and tagged (using PIT tags and radio transmitters). Mark-recapture analysis will be used to estimate abundance, survival and developing habitat preference models. This is a collaborative project between the U.S.. Fish and Wildlife Service Lower Great Lakes Fish & Wildlife Conservation Office and the Northeast Fishery Center. Niagara River US Fish & Wildlife Federal ~ $65,000 per year 2010-2018 Data Collection and Research Underway
Niagara River Bird & Herptile Population Project The purpose of this project is to evaluate delisting criteria related to birds and herptiles for the Degradation of Fish and Wildlife Populations Beneficial Use Impairment. Depending on the approach detailed in the work plan, the study will likely include reconnaissance and preliminary field work during 2013. This is the first phase of a multi-year BUI evaluation project. Niagara River US Fish & Wildlife Federal $407,400 2014-2018 Data Collection and Research Underway
Living Shorelines Program As part of the Niagara River Riparian Restoration Phase 2 Program, Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper is identifying areas of severe erosion along the Niagara River and its tributaries, to select and implement 4 riparian restoration projects at selected sites. The program aims to restore both hardened and degraded shoreline areas to their natural, resilient, and self-repairing form which will better support a sustainable, protective and higher-functioning ecosystem. Restoration practices include innovative bioengineering techniques utilizing natural materials, native plant species, and gradual slopes to protect from erosion and create function natural living infrastructure systems. Niagara River Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper Local (Niagara River Greenway) $1,299,430 2013-2018 Habitat Restoration Underway
Niagara Gorge & Rim Restoration and Enhancement The project will treat invasive species and plant additional native plants at Devil's Hole Gorge State Park, a 125 acre parcel of high quality riparian habitat. Four separate landscapes will be targeted throughout the park, ranging from talus forest to native grassland tracts. Invasive species will be treated with spot herbicides where necessary to prevent non-target effects. Niagara River WNY Land Conservancy Local $996,000 2017-2019 Habitat Restoration Underway
Stella Niagara Habitat Enhancement This 29 acre preserve was purchased by WNYLC, and the purpose of the project is to enhance the site for wetland and meadow restoration. The project includes invasive species removal, native plantings, including several rare plants, oak savannah plantings and grassland/meadow creation and maintenance. The project is intended to improve and create habitat which will sustain and support multiple species of greatest conservation need, including multiple species of birds, amphibians, native pollinators, among others. Creation of public recreational hiking paths is another component of the project. Niagara River WNY Land Conservancy Local $510,000 2016-2017 Habitat Restoration Underway
Strawberry Island Habitat Restoration Habitat improvements designed to create approximately seven acres of new diverse wetland habitat for fish, wildlife and water birds on the state-owned island. The improvement project includes measures to protect downstream shallow water habitats that may be affected by erosion caused by severe storms. Niagara River New York Power Authority State/Local $2.3 million 2014-2016 Habitat Restoration Underway
USACE Improvements to Unity Island This project will utilize dredged sediment from the Buffalo River to partially fill in North Pond at Unity Island. The purpose of this infill is to create a hemi-marsh, or a marsh that is partially submerged and integrated with open water habitats. Large logs will be interspersed throughout the marsh to allow connecting pathways for amphibians and reptiles to move around and bask on. A fish weir will allow for fish movement between the river and hemi-marsh. The hemi-marsh design discourages establishment of invasive knotweed and Phragmites, which prefer wet meadow habitats. Preliminary testing on dredged sediment have shown that it is adequate substrate for the growth of native plants such as water celery. The project will also provide porcupine cribs, which are a type of shelter for small forage fishes. Niagara River US Army Corps of Engineers Federal ~$2,900,000 2016-2020 Habitat Restoration Underway
Forest Lawn Upper Wetland This project is intended to improve water quality and mitigate flooding impacts of Scajaquada Creek in Forest Lawn Cemetery, through the implementation of wetland, wet meadows and riparian forest surrounding a spring fed pond. It will consist of many native plantings, which will enhance habitat for multiple species of ducks, as well as indicator salamander species. It will also include beneficial human uses, such as pedestrian foot paths, scenic landscape, and meandering pathways through the wetland and meadow. Niagara River Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper, Forest Lawn Cemetery, Buffalo Sewer Authority, Ducks Unlimited Local $1,080,000 2016-2018 Habitat Restoration Underway
Forest Lawn Upper Wetland This project is intended to improve water quality and mitigate flooding impacts of Scajaquada Creek in Forest Lawn Cemetery, through the implementation of wetland, wet meadows and riparian forest surrounding a spring fed pond. It will consist of many native plantings, which will enhance habitat for multiple species of ducks, as well as indicator salamander species. It will also include beneficial human uses, such as pedestrian foot paths, scenic landscape, and meandering pathways through the wetland and meadow. Niagara River Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper, Forest Lawn Cemetery, Buffalo Sewer Authority, Ducks Unlimited Local $1,080,000 2016-2018 Flood Control Underway
Forest Lawn Upper Wetland This project is intended to improve water quality and mitigate flooding impacts of Scajaquada Creek in Forest Lawn Cemetery, through the implementation of wetland, wet meadows and riparian forest surrounding a spring fed pond. It will consist of many native plantings, which will enhance habitat for multiple species of ducks, as well as indicator salamander species. It will also include beneficial human uses, such as pedestrian foot paths, scenic landscape, and meandering pathways through the wetland and meadow. Niagara River Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper, Forest Lawn Cemetery, Buffalo Sewer Authority, Ducks Unlimited Local $1,080,000 2016-2018 Water Quality Underway
Bergholz Creek Cover Crop Provide cover crop to reduce erosion in the Bergholz Creek area. Niagara River Niagara County SWCD Federal $88,000 2015-2019 Non-point Source Pollution Underway
Niagara Street Phase 2, Buffalo NY Implementation of Green Infrastructure along Niagara Street within the City of Buffalo to reduce stormwater flows into the City's Combined Sewer System. Niagara River City of Buffalo Sewer Authority Federal/Local $1.7 mil 2016-2017 Non-point Source Pollution Underway
Seaway Landfill Site (CERCLA Remediation) The Seaway Landfill site in Tonawanda, NY needs additional capping and remedial work to address soils contaminated with radium, thorium, and uranium. The Seaway landfill is currently undergoing remediation for removal of FUSRAP contaminated soils on the south side of the landfill perimeter. The contractor (TES) is completing work plans for this action and will mobilize to the site in May with completion of the remediation task in 2017. Niagara River US Army Corps of Engineers Federal $44.2 million 2012-2017 Toxics Reduction Underway
Hazelwood Real Time Controlled In Line Storage Structure Installation of a real time controlled chamber to temporarily store flows in the existing sewer. Niagara River City of Buffalo Sewer Authority State/Local $2 million 2017-2018 Water Quality Underway
Athol Springs Seawall Protection, Hamburg NY Complete design and implementation planning for the seawall along Route 5 at Athol Springs area of Hamburg, NY. The seawall is deteriorating and lake storms significantly impair driving ability along Route 5. Smoke(s) Creek US Army Corps of Engineers, NYS DOT , Town of Hamburg Federal $3 million 2018-2020 Infrastructure Support Underway
Upgrades to Lackawanna Wastewater Treatment Plant and associated systems Project to upgrade the Lackawanna Wastewater Treatment Plant, excess flow management facility, and the upstream sewer system. Smoke(s) Creek Erie County Division of Sewerage Management County TBD 2017-? Water Quality Underway
Upgrades to Southtowns Advanced Wastewater Treatment Facility Project to upgrade the Southtowns Advanced Wastewater Treatment Facility to increase capacity and address updated SPDES permit requirements. Smoke(s) Creek Erie County Division of Sewerage Management County $75 million 2017-2027 Water Quality Underway
Crow Creek Fish Barrier Removal An improperly installed culvert which prevents native brook trout movement will be removed and replaced. A preliminary assessment revealed that the culvert was clogged and 56 brook trout were below the barrier, whereas only three were upstream. The barrier will be replaced with a wide arch pipe culvert which will provide 1.9 of stream miles of aquatic connectivity. Post construction monitoring and community assessment will determine if improvements in passage and water quality occurred as a result, while also ensuring that unexpected bankside erosion did not occur. Improvement to the quality of water in the Attica Reservoir is also anticipated as a direct result of this project. Resident brook trout were sampled for genetic analysis to determine if they are a native strain (i.e.. not stocked in origin). Tonawanda (Upper) Creek Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper, US Fish and Wildlife Service, Wyoming County SWCD, WNY Trout Unlimited Local/State/Federal $175,986 2016-2018 Habitat Restoration Underway
Willert Park Green Infrastructure  Implementation of Green Infrastructure in the SPP 281 sewer shed Buffalo River City of Buffalo Sewer Authority State & Local $4.8 mil  2017-2018 Non-point Source Pollution Underway
Stormwater Mapping Project (Erie & Niagara Counties) - Phase 1 and Phase 2 Mapping the stormwater conveyance systems of Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems using GIS. MS4 Communities within Erie and Niagara Counties NYS DEC, Erie County Department of Environment & Planning, Western New York Stormwater Coalition State/Local $1,412,319, $556,307 2011-2017 Data Collection and Research Underway
MS4 Gap Analysis and Mapping Project This project will perform a gap analysis to identify barriers to green infrastructure in building and zoning codes. It will also upgrade storm system maps to include municipal facilities and post-construction stormwater management practices. MS4 Communities within Erie and Niagara Counties NYS DEC, Erie County Department of Environment & Planning, Western New York Stormwater Coalition State/Local $517,405 2017-2019 Data Collection and Research Underway
Dunkirk Harbor - Federally Authorized O&M USACE Harbor of Refuge on Great Lakes Navigational System - Mitigation of shoaling caused by deferred maintenance in Federal and Recreational channels, maintenance of breakwater structures Canadaway Creek US Army Corps of Engineers, Chautauqua County & City of Dunkirk Federal/Local $1.35 million TBD Navigational Dredging Unfunded
Cattaraugus Creek Harbor - Federally Authorized O&M USACE Harbor of Refuge on Great Lakes Navigational System - Mitigation of shoaling caused by deferred maintenance in Federal and Recreational channels, maintenance of breakwater structures. Cattaraugus Creek US Army Corps of Engineers, Chautauqua County & Town of Hanover Federal/State/Local $795,000 TBD Flood Control Unfunded
Cattaraugus Creek Harbor - Federally Authorized O&M USACE Harbor of Refuge on Great Lakes Navigational System - Mitigation of shoaling caused by deferred maintenance in Federal and Recreational channels, maintenance of breakwater structures. Cattaraugus Creek US Army Corps of Engineers, Chautauqua County & Town of Hanover Federal/State/Local $795,000 TBD Navigational Dredging Unfunded
Gallagher Beach Feasibility Study Study for the Determination of Federal Interest in making improvements to Gallagher Beach for the purposes of storm damage reduction and shoreline protection. Beach is currently used to launch boats and smaller watercraft, public has a desire to see improvements at the beach, including sand replenishment. Buffalo River US Army Corps of Engineers Federal Not currently funded TBD Infrastructure Support Unfunded by Congress
Niagara River AOC Ecosystem Restoration, Great Lakes Fishery and Ecosystem Restoration The study consisted of a conceptual design for possible ecosystem restoration of fish and wildlife habitats, including islands and wetlands along the US shoreline of the Niagara River. Plans and concepts were shared with project partners and used as the basis for detailed design at project sites including East River Marsh, Buckhorn State Park, Burnt Ship Creek, Grass Island and Spicer Creek. Niagara River US Army Corps of Engineers, Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper, NYS DEC, NYS Parks, Niagara River Greenway Commission Federal/State/Local _ TBD Habitat Restoration Unfunded by Congress
Niagara River Ecosystem Restoration The study will include a reconnaissance analysis for possible ecosystem restoration (reconstruction of fish and wildlife habitats, including islands and wetlands) along the US shoreline of the Niagara River. Niagara River US Army Corps of Engineers, Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper, NYS DEC, Niagara River Greenway Commission Federal/State/Local $100,000 TBD Habitat Restoration Unfunded by Congress
Niagara Falls, NY Wastewater Treatment Facility Improvements Design and construction for upgrades to Niagara Falls, NY's Wastewater Treatment Facility. The plant has reached its 30 year useful life and requires upgrades and replacement to avoid system failure. Niagara River US Army Corps of Engineers, Niagara Falls Water Board Federal/Local $5 million TBD Infrastructure Support Unfunded by Congress
Cattaraugus Creek Harbor Flood Mitigation Study Feasibility Study for flood mitigation at Sunset Bay and dredging the mouth of Cattaraugus Creek Cattaraugus Creek US Army Corps of Engineers, Chautauqua County & Town of Hanover Federal/Local $200,000 2018 Flood Control Included in 2016 WRDA Bill
Village of Silver Creek Flood Mitigation Feasibility Study Feasibility Study for flood mitigation and dredging the mouth of Walnut Creek. Walnut Creek US Army Corps of Engineers, Chautauqua County & Village of Silver Creek Federal/Local $200,000 2018 Flood Control Included in 2016 WRDA Bill
Buffalo River & Harbor Enhanced Navigational Dredging Buffalo Harbor is a Federal navigation channel within the Buffalo River Area of Concern. The project involved the removal of approximately 450,000 cubic yards of contaminated sediments from the navigation channel in order to support the elimination of the dredging restriction Beneficial Use Impairment and delisting of the Area of Concern. The project also involved significant repairs and improvements to the Dike 4 Confined Disposal Facility to support its use for disposal of contaminated sediments from outside the navigation channel dredged as part of a Legacy Act project. FY10 funds were used to initiate construction of repairs and enhancements to the Dike #4 Confined Disposal Facility and to initiate dredging. Buffalo River US Army Corps of Engineers Federal $50,000 Not Available Navigational Dredging Not Available
Biomonitoring of Great Lakes Populations The Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry established programs with Minnesota, Michigan and New York health departments to measure environmental toxin levels in people (measuring toxins in blood & urine samples) who live in the Great Lakes basin to see if there is a higher amount of toxins in people with greater exposure to toxins, such as people who eat Great Lakes fish. This information will guide actions that the state health departments take to protect people. Lake Erie Department of Health & Human Services - Agency for Toxic Substances & Disease Registry Federal $2.2 million Not Available Data Collection and Research Not Available
Little River Harbor Dredging, Niagara Falls, NY Periodic dredging is needed to maintain the recreational harbor of Little River in Niagara Falls, NY. The Harbor was last dredged in 1988. Niagara River US Army Corps of Engineers Federal Not currently funded TBD Navigational Dredging On Hold
Smokes Creek Restoration Feasibility study to restore ecosystem function at the mouth of Smoke's Creek, where sedimentation has degraded a critical fish spawning habitat. Study will look at dredging and creation of additional wetland and riparian habitat to restore creek corridor. Smoke(s) Creek US Army Corp of Engineers, City of Lackawanna Federal TBD 2012- Habitat Restoration On Hold
Town of Clarence Storm Modeling The Town of Clarence requested planning assistance from the USACE to conduct hydrologic models for 5, 10, 25, and 50 year storm events based on the Town's current MS4 infrastructure. Models will be used to help assess solutions to flooding and drainage concerns. Tonawanda (Lower) Creek US Army Corps of Engineers, Town of Clarence Federal/Local $100,000 TBD Flood Control On Hold
Town of Clarence Storm Modeling The Town of Clarence requested planning assistance from the USACE to conduct hydrologic models for 5, 10, 25, and 50 year storm events based on the Town's current MS4 infrastructure. Models will be used to help assess solutions to flooding and drainage concerns. Tonawanda (Middle) Creek US Army Corps of Engineers, Town of Clarence Federal/Local $100,000 TBD Flood Control On Hold
Scajaquada Creek and Hoyt Lake Technical Assistance for Ecosystem Restoration This group of related technical assistance efforts resulted in sediment sampling and analysis, hydraulic modeling, planning and detailed design to support ecosystem restoration in the lower Scajaquada Creek and Hoyt Lake. A project is currently being implemented by Buffalo Sewer Authority. Niagara River US Army Corps of Engineers, Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper, City of Buffalo (Buffalo Sewer Authority), Olmsted Parks Conservancy Federal/Local _ TBD Toxics Reduction On Hold awaiting results of current studies
Scajaquada Creek and Hoyt Lake Technical Assistance for Ecosystem Restoration This group of related technical assistance efforts resulted in sediment sampling and analysis, hydraulic modeling, planning and detailed design to support ecosystem restoration in the lower Scajaquada Creek and Hoyt Lake. A project is currently being implemented by Buffalo Sewer Authority. Niagara River US Army Corps of Engineers, Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper, City of Buffalo (Buffalo Sewer Authority), Olmsted Parks Conservancy Federal/Local _ TBD Habitat Restoration On Hold awaiting results of current studies
Scajaquada Creek Restoration Feasibility Study looks at the feasibility of restoration needs for Scajaquada Creek corridor. Improvements would look at what's necessary to improve creek habitat, fish populations, and water quality. Niagara River US Army Corps of Engineers, Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper Federal/Local $50,000 TBD Toxics Reduction On Hold awaiting results of current studies
Scajaquada Creek Restoration Feasibility Study looks at the feasibility of restoration needs for Scajaquada Creek corridor. Improvements would look at what's necessary to improve creek habitat, fish populations, and water quality. Niagara River US Army Corps of Engineers, Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper Federal/Local $50,000 TBD Habitat Restoration On Hold awaiting results of current studies
Chautauqua County Septic Inspections (within 250 feet of Lake Erie shoreline) County-wide initiative to identify and bring inadequate septic systems into compliance. Other bodies of water included are Chautauqua, Findley, Bear, and Cassadaga lakes. Cattaraugus Creek Chautauqua County Local $100,000 annually Ongoing Infrastructure Support Ongoing
Chautauqua County Septic Inspections (within 250 feet of Lake Erie shoreline) County-wide initiative to identify and bring inadequate septic systems into compliance. Other bodies of water included are Chautauqua, Findley, Bear, and Cassadaga lakes. Chautauqua Creek Chautauqua County Local $100,000 annually Ongoing Infrastructure Support Ongoing
Chautauqua County Septic Inspections (within 250 feet of Lake Erie shoreline) County-wide initiative to identify and bring inadequate septic systems into compliance. Other bodies of water included are Chautauqua, Findley, Bear, and Cassadaga lakes. Walnut Creek Chautauqua County Local $100,000 annually Ongoing Infrastructure Support Ongoing
Northern Chautauqua County Local Waterfront Revitalization Plan The Northern Chautauqua County LWRP is a locally prepared, comprehensive land and water use plan for a community Cattaraugus Creek Chautauqua County and municipalities that border Lake Erie State/Local $230,000 Ongoing Water Quality Ongoing
Northern Chautauqua County Local Waterfront Revitalization Plan The Northern Chautauqua County LWRP is a locally prepared, comprehensive land and water use plan for a community Chautauqua Creek Chautauqua County and municipalities that border Lake Erie State/Local $230,000 Ongoing Water Quality Ongoing
Northern Chautauqua County Local Waterfront Revitalization Plan The Northern Chautauqua County LWRP is a locally prepared, comprehensive land and water use plan for a community Walnut Creek Chautauqua County and municipalities that border Lake Erie State/Local $230,000 Ongoing Water Quality Ongoing
Aquatic Invasive Species Risk Assessment Program This project will continue an aquatic invasive species risk assessment program to develop and implement a rapid screening process to assess the risk of establishment and significant, negative impacts of species: 1) imported and traded within the Great Lakes Basin and 2)That may benefit from Great Lakes habitat restoration and enhancement under the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (As requested by other Federal, and Regional [e.g., Great Lakes Fishery Commission], State, Tribal, and local governments, industries, and nongovernmental organizations). Lake Erie US Fish & Wildlife Federal ~ $ 94,000 per year Annual Data Collection and Research Ongoing
Fish Monitoring and Surveillance This project will assess trends and identify emerging and legacy contaminants (identified in the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement) at levels previously impossible to detect by monitoring fish from each of the five Great Lakes. Additionally, in collaboration with other state, federal, and international agencies, the project will assess transfer of contaminants from the water column through the food chain, expand the existing Great Lakes Fish Monitoring Surveillance Program (GLFMSP) analyte list to include important emerging contaminants, and provide better information for decision-makers regarding the health of the Great Lakes ecosystem. Lake Erie Clarkson University Federal $2.75 million 2010- Data Collection and Research Ongoing
Lower Great Lakes Barrier Assessment and Brook Trout Assessment This project will develop a GIS based database of road crossings that includes information on fish passability and importance to brook trout populations. In addition, it will prioritize fish passage restoration projects in the Great Lakes watershed. This is a multiple year project. Work will include the Great Lakes watershed portion of western and central New York. Lake Erie US Fish & Wildlife Federal ~ $25,000 per year Annual Data Collection and Research Ongoing
Lower Great Lakes Lower Trophic Monitoring Program The U.S.. Fish and Wildlife Service Lower Great Lakes Fish and Wildlife Conservation Office and partners will monitor and evaluate key lower trophic variables (phosphorus, chlorophyll a, secchi depth and zooplankton density and biomass) that characterize overall ecosystem change spatially, temporally and by habitat types. Collections will occur at 18 stations in Lake Erie and 12 stations in Lake Ontario from May through October. This project is conducted in partnership with State and Federal agencies and universities around Lake Erie and Lake Ontario. Lake Erie US Fish & Wildlife Federal ~$50,000 per year Annual Data Collection and Research Ongoing
Evaluation of Niagara River Corridor Benthic Habitat With Side Scan Sonar and GIS Modeling The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Lower Great Lakes Office is classifying substrate in the Niagara River to help restore lake trout and lake sturgeon habitat. Side scan sonar mapping and GIS techniques, coupled with field validation and underwater video, will be used to evaluate habitat. They will assess 22 miles of habitat in the upper river, 8 miles of habitat in the lower river, and 12 square miles of the Niagara bar. Information will be used to prioritize habitat protection. Niagara River US Fish & Wildlife Federal ~ $ 58,000 per year Annual Data Collection and Research Ongoing
Habitat Use and Movement of Lake Trout in the Niagara River and Niagara Bar The objective of this Great Lakes Restoration Initiative project is to identify specific habitat use and movement of radio and acoustic tagged lake trout that could help identify potential spawning habitat in the Niagara River and on the Niagara Bar. Niagara River US Fish & Wildlife Federal ~ $65,000 per year Annual Data Collection and Research Ongoing
Investigating Lake Sturgeon in Lower Niagara River SUNY- Buffalo State College and US FWS will study the distribution, abundance and diversity of benthic forage resources in the lower Niagara River and their relation to lake sturgeon habitat use and feeding ecology. This information is essential for developing management and conservation action plans, and supporting the sustainable recreational use of the Niagara River. Niagara River Buffalo State College Ecological Greenway Fund $296,218 2014- Data Collection and Research Ongoing
Reassessment of Niagara River Area of Concern Sources of Contamination The project builds upon previous studies and monitoring efforts (completed in the late 1980`s to mid 1990`s) to reassess point and non-point sources of priority toxic chemicals that have contributed to five of the seven Beneficial Use Impairments (BUIs) at the Niagara River Area of Concern (AOC). While considerable progress has been made by state and local regulatory agencies, a comprehensive reassessment is needed to determine whether delisting criteria have been met and to identify remaining sources of contamination. The sampling program will focus on hazardous waste sites, wastewater discharges and primary tributaries. The expected outcomes include reduction of toxic substances entering the Niagara River and the eventual removal of five of the seven BUIs present at this AOC. Niagara River NYSDEC Federal $902,573 2011- Data Collection and Research Ongoing
Spicer Creek Wildlife Management Area Habitat Restoration Records indicate that the nearshore area adjacent to the Wildlife Management Area supported emergent riverine wetlands. Riverine wetlands are now absent from this area, likely due to modified water levels for power generation, wave action from heavy boat traffic, seasonal beaching of boats for recreational purposes, and ice-driven disturbances. The goal of this project is to restore the wetlands through the installation of a segmented breakwall system to protect the area from disturbances. Niagara River NYSDEC State 2017 - Habitat Restoration Ongoing
Niagara River Toxics Management Plan The four agencies committed to implement a set of actions designed to reduce loadings of chemicals to the Niagara River, focusing on 18 "priority toxics" that were present in the river at concentrations exceeding the most sensitive agency criteria. They also committed to ongoing monitoring of the river. A key milestone was to achieve a 50% reduction of ten of the priority toxics believed to be from significant Niagara River sources by 1996. Overall, the agencies met the 50% reduction goal for the ten priority toxics, reducing some by more than 75% through actions addressing point and non-point sources of contamination. This "umbrella" plan does not have specific funding associated with it. Niagara River US EPA, Environment Canada, NYSDEC & Ontario Ministry of the Environment Federal Not Available 1987- Toxics Reduction Ongoing
Scajaquada Creek and Hoyt Lake Restoration, Forest Lawn and Delaware Park, Buffalo NY This assemblage of individual projects for technical assistance, all with the common goal of restoring the ecological function of Hoyt Lake and Scajaquada Creek within the City of Buffalo, has led to the implementation of a single project for removal of contaminated sediment and habitat restoration. Technical assistance included sediment characterization, engineering evaluations, planning and design for habitat restoration. Buffalo Sewer Authority is implementing the project in Forest Lawn and Delaware Park in close coordination with other partners. Niagara River US Army Corps of Engineers, Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy, City of Buffalo (Buffalo Sewer Authority), Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper, Forest Lawn Federal/Local $400,000 2011- Toxics Reduction Ongoing
Scajaquada Creek and Hoyt Lake Restoration, Forest Lawn and Delaware Park, Buffalo NY This assemblage of individual projects for technical assistance, all with the common goal of restoring the ecological function of Hoyt Lake and Scajaquada Creek within the City of Buffalo, has led to the implementation of a single project for removal of contaminated sediment and habitat restoration. Technical assistance included sediment characterization, engineering evaluations, planning and design for habitat restoration. Buffalo Sewer Authority is implementing the project in Forest Lawn and Delaware Park in close coordination with other partners. Niagara River US Army Corps of Engineers, Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy, City of Buffalo (Buffalo Sewer Authority), Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper, Forest Lawn Federal/Local $400,000 2011- Habitat Restoration Ongoing
Guterl Steel Investigation, Lockport NY Investigation includes a full remedial investigation, feasibility study, proposed plan and Record of Decision for the former Guterl Steel facility in Lockport, NY. The 70 acre site includes elevated levels of radionuclides. The Guterl Steel Site is currently in the feasibility study phase. The document is currently scheduled to be complete in FY18. Tonawanda (Lower) Creek US Army Corps of Engineers, US Congress Federal $10.9 million 2010- Toxics Reduction Ongoing
Tonawanda Creek Watershed Agricultural BMP Implementation Project After completing Agricultural Environmental Management Assessments, Participating Farms are implementing BMPs throughout the watershed. Covering Barnyards to reduce erosion of animal wastes. Tonawanda (Lower) Creek Niagara County SWCDGenesee County SWCDWyoming County SWCD State/County $1,647,000 2001- Non-point Source Pollution Ongoing
Tonawanda Creek Watershed Agricultural BMP Implementation Project After completing Agricultural Environmental Management Assessments, Participating Farms are implementing BMPs throughout the watershed. Covering Barnyards to reduce erosion of animal wastes. Tonawanda (Middle) Creek Niagara County SWCDGenesee County SWCDWyoming County SWCD State/County $1,647,000 2001- Non-point Source Pollution Ongoing
Tonawanda Creek Watershed Agricultural BMP Implementation Project After completing Agricultural Environmental Management Assessments, Participating Farms are implementing BMPs throughout the watershed. Covering Barnyards to reduce erosion of animal wastes. Tonawanda (Upper) Creek Niagara County SWCDGenesee County SWCDWyoming County SWCD State/County $1,647,000 2001- Non-point Source Pollution Ongoing
Ellicott Creek, Lehn Springs (Williamsville, NY) Study for the Determination of Federal Interest on erosion and flooding problems from the Lehn Springs Area of Glen Falls Park in Williamsville and impacting Ellicott Creek. Project was not initiated due to lack of funding. Ellicott Creek US Army Corps of Engineers Federal/Local Not currently funded TBD Flood Control Pending
Robert Moses Removal This is the removal of 2 miles of paved expressway adjacent to the Niagara River, between the Falls and Gorge. Traffic will be rerouted to the next road over, Whirlpool Drive. This will increase connectivity for green space and recreation, creating 300 acres of greenway. Niagara River New York State Office of Parks: Recreation and Historic Preservation, NYS Department of Transportation State $42 million 2018-2020 Infrastructure Support Planned
Niagara Street Phase 4 Niagara River City of Buffalo Sewer Authority Federal/Local Not Available Non-point Source Pollution Planned
Linde 1870 linear feet of shoreline work proposed on northeast shoreline of Katherine Street. Buffalo River US Environmental Protection Agency Federal $2,600,000 Not Available Habitat Restoration Planning
Chautauqua County Fairgrounds Drainage Mitigate localized flooding and nutrient loading from fairgrounds runoff to Lake Erie tributary Canadaway Creek Chautauqua County Fair Association Local $300,000 TBD Infrastructure Support Planning
Dunkirk Harbor Improvements USACE Harbor of Refuge on Great Lakes Navigational System - Mitigation of design deficiencies to mitigate wave reflection & multiplication Canadaway Creek US Army Corps of Engineers, Chautauqua County & City of Dunkirk Federal/Local TBD TBD Infrastructure Support Planning
Dunkirk Segmented Breakwater Install Segmented Breakwater east of Dunkirk Harbor to protect beach and seawall Canadaway Creek US Army Corps of Engineers, Chautauqua County & City of Dunkirk Federal/Local TBD TBD Infrastructure Support Planning
Barcelona Harbor Dredging - Federally Authorized O&M USACE Harbor of Refuge on Great Lakes Navigational System - Mitigation of shoaling caused by 2015 breakwater failure in Federal and Recreational channels Chautauqua Creek US Army Corps of Engineers, Chautauqua County & Town of Westfield Federal/Local $500,000 TBD Navigational Dredging Planning
Niagara Gorge Rim Restoration Plan Development of an ecological restoration plan for the Niagara Gorge Rim. Niagara River Wild Ones Niagara/Niagara River Greenway Commission Local TBD TBD Habitat Restoration Planning
Weber Property Acquisition & Restoration This three phase project will restore and reconnect Cayuga Creek to its floodplain and wetland forest. A 36.9 acre parcel will be acquired from Joseph C. Weber Inc. Following acquisition, the property will be assessed and a master restoration plan will be developed. The third stage will be construction of restoration efforts, including reconnecting the creek to its floodplain, invasive species management, flood mitigation and recreation trail work. The third stage requires public approval for funding. Niagara River Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper, WNY Land Conservancy, Town of Niagara Local $452,000 (Estimate) 2016-2019 Habitat Restoration Planning

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