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The Buffalo River Remedial Advisory Committee invites you to read an important public document.

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) and Buffalo Niagara Waterkeeper held a virtual outreach on Zoom on April 17 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. to update the public about ongoing efforts to restore natural resources in the Buffalo River Area of Concern (AOC) and the proposed removal of the ‘Degradation of Fish and Wildlife Habitat’ (BUI).

Buffalo Niagara Waterkeeper, in partnership with Erie County and DEC, coordinates these restoration efforts under the Buffalo River AOC Remedial Action Plan (RAP).

View the April 17 Zoom meeting by clicking the link below. The passcode is 8y0!4m5f


The Buffalo River AOC is located in the City of Buffalo, Erie County, and includes the historically industrialized portion of the river beginning at its mouth (where it outlets to Lake Erie), and continuing upstream approximately six miles to the Bailey Avenue bridge.

The Loss of Fish and Wildlife Habitat BUI was originally designated as impaired in the 1980s due to chemical contamination and the channelization of the river for industrial purposes. Extensive remediation of contaminated river sediments and habitat restoration along the river shoreline demonstrates that the criteria established to remove the Loss of Fish and Wildlife Habitat BUI has been achieved.
A draft report, which details the completed actions and assessments supporting the BUI removal, is available below.
Read the Report

For more information on the Buffalo River Area of Concern, visit U.S. EPA and our websites.


For more information about the Buffalo River RAC or to become involved, contact Claudia Rosen, RAC Coordinator, at