The Great Lakes Legacy Act

Accelerate the pace of sediment remediation in U.S. Areas of Concern (AOCs)

Use partnerships as an innovative approach to achieving sediment cleanups

US Army Corps of Engineers
Buffalo District




Buffalo River Area of Concern (AOC)
Erie Basin Marina Old First Ward Community Center Ohio St. Park Valley Community Center

Smith St. Park Bailey Ave. Park

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Buffalo River Timeline
Summer 2010:
• Buffalo River Brownfield Opportunity Area (BOA) planning process begins • Green Energy Pilot Plant – Childs St • Biomass storage and handling terminal – Childs St • Phase 1 construction commences on River Fest Park on Ohio Street • RiverBend Planning Process begins

2010 (Jan – Oct): Great Lakes Restoration Initiative:
• Project planning and National Environmental Policy Act review of the Buffalo Harbor dredging project in the Navigation channel by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Buffalo District

Summer 2011:
• Biomass storage and handling – Concrete Central (tentative) • Rail yard improvements – Ohio St Yard (pending funding)


Summer 2010: Great Lakes Legacy Act Project (May– Aug)
• Remedial design underway • Feasibility study available for public comment • Sampling of sediments to further delineate contamination


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2010-2011 Great Lakes Restoration Initiative:
• Dredging will occur in the Navigation Channel by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers during this timeframe (dredging will stop over the winter months)

The Buffalo River Restoration Partnership
Decades of industrial and municipal discharges have polluted the river, and the subsequent decline of industry left the region with abandoned, contaminated properties and deteriorating facilities. The Buffalo River restoration partnership is poised to address these environmental challenges so that the Buffalo River can once again add to a vibrant revitalized Buffalo. The Buffalo River restoration partners, including the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Buffalo Niagara RIVERKEEPER® (BNR), Honeywell, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC), and the United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) have been collaborating for several years on plans to clean up the Buffalo River to facilitate ecological restoration and economic development around this natural urban resource.

Projects to restore the Buffalo River
• Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) • Great Lakes Legacy Act (GLLA) • Brownfield Cleanups • Combined Sewer Overflows (CSOs) and Water Quality

• • • • • Buffalo Brownfield Opportunity Area (BOA) Green Energy Corridor RiverBend Erie Canal Harbor Greenway Trail and Public Access

Photo courtesy of Patricia Manley

Buffalo River Dredging and CDF
Confined Disposal Facility (CDF) #4 Cross Section
Water Level Inside CDF Sheet Pile Water Level Outside CDF Bulkhead Water Sediment Compaction Lake Erie

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Buffalo River – Cross-Section
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