Buffalo River Restoration Projects

Updates and Events

Updated October 17, 2011 – The Final Buffalo River Feasibility Study is available for download. The document, split into 9 parts, is available at the bottom of this page.

Updated September 30, 2011 – The Buffalo River Restoration Partnership recently developed a set of FAQs about the Buffalo River Restoration Project.  Please click here to view the set of questions and answers.


In 1969, the Buffalo River was declared biologically dead. De-oxygenation resulting from decades of industrial and municipal discharge into the river made the water uninhabitable for wildlife, and posed serious health risks for humans. Starting in 2003, Buffalo Niagara Waterkeeper brought together public and private partners, as well as individuals, to secure funding and coordinate the massive clean-up effort. Together their efforts have removed 1 million cubic yards of contaminated sediment and restored over six miles of shoreline.

Click below to learn more about issues affecting the health of the Buffalo River:


A unique public-private partnership, including the U.S. EPA’s Great Lakes National Program Office (GLNPO), Buffalo Niagara WATERKEEPER® (BNR), Honeywell, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC), and the United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), is developing plans to address a number of environmental problems affecting the Buffalo River. The environmental challenges include: contaminated river sediments, poor water quality, a lack of public access, and insufficient fish and wildlife habitat. In the past, individual agencies implemented projects to address some of these problems. NYSDEC, for example, has cleaned up many contaminated sites that contributed to pollution in the river. Specific cleanup efforts, however, were not designed to address multiple environmental issues. The new partnership brings together resources and expertise to plan comprehensive cleanup of the Buffalo River. Its goal is to transform the river into a beneficial environmental, economic, and community resource’


Check out this video produced by the Project Team that describes the upcoming restoration process of the Buffalo River. 

For more information, visit this site:


Located across from RiverWorks on the property owned by Buffalo Motor and Generator, this project includes upland and shoreline restoration designed to structurally protect and diversify riparian vegetation.


2.3 acre site dominated by invasive plants and facing significant shoreline erosion. Restoration activities at the site include treatment of invasive plants, establishment of native vegetation, and shoreline protection methods.


The 1,632 linear foot project site is entirely in-water. Restoration activities will include the addition of vertical pilings and log booms to prevent debris build up and allow for the establishment of native aquatic vegetation.

DOWNLOADS: Buffalo River Feasibility Study

Download here (NOTE: these are large files and may take minutes to download to your computer):

Final Buffalo River Feasibility Study – Executive Summary through Section 6  CLICK HERE

Final Buffalo River Feasibility Study – Sections 7 – 9  CLICK HERE

Final Buffalo River Feasibility Study – Appendix A – B  CLICK HERE

Final Buffalo River Feasibility Study – Appendix C – E  CLICK HERE

Final Buffalo River Feasibility Study – Appendix F (EEE Report); Sections 1-7   CLICK HERE

Final Buffalo River Feasibility Study – Appendix F; Tables   CLICK HERE

Final Buffalo River Feasibility Study – Appendix F; Figures 1 – 7b  CLICK HERE

Final Buffalo River Feasibility Study – Appendix F; Figures 8 – 13b  CLICK HERE

Final Buffalo River Feasibility Study – Appendix F; Appendix A – C  CLICK HERE

 Or, download these fact sheets:

Buffalo River Restoration Fact sheet #1

Fact Sheet 2 – Projects to Revitalize Buffalo River

We held our first public meeting on December 13, 2010 to display and explain the study. For a report on WBFO radio, click here. For the report in the Buffalo News, click here.