10/1/13

In the news: Buffalo River cleanup project set to begin this month

The Buffalo River is among several Great Lakes Legacy Act remediation projects that Sea Grant has been involved in, and dredging on the latest segment of the river is scheduled to begin October 7.

"The initial phase of the Buffalo River’s restoration project was undertaken in 2011 and 2012 by the Corps of Engineers. About 550,000 cubic yards of sediment were dredged from the river’s navigation channel over that time. Combined with this dredging and removal effort, more than 1 million cubic yards of toxic sediment will be extracted from the river as part of the cleanup.

'It’s a milestone,' said Mary Beth Giancarlo, a Chicago-based U.S. Environmental Protection Agency scientist who is also an East Aurora native and is assigned to the Buffalo River to provide technical assistance to the project. 'It’s a major step.'

About $22 million will be contributed by the EPA to remediate this, one of its 30 designated 'areas of concern' on the Great Lakes, and the other $22 million is contributed by private industry.

To date, 15 other Great Lakes sites with legacy waste from industry have been completed as part of the federal government’s Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, including those in Ohio, Indiana and Wisconsin."
Read more about this latest phase of the Buffalo River cleanup at the link above, and read more about similar remediation projects here and here.

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