Riverbend I + II


The Project consists of the construction of riparian slope restoration and invasive species management, and in-water habitat plantings and feature construction at two separate sites located within the Buffalo River. In addition to the importation of substrate and the planting of emergent vegetation and submerged aquatic vegetation, the Project also includes the installation of in-water habitat features including rootwad chains, boom log chain system, and rootwad crib feature. Additionally, the Buffalo Motor and Generator Corporation portion of the Project will include the removal of invasive plant species and construction of vegetated upland and riparian habitat.


COMPLETE – Post-Construction Management / Ecological Monitoring

Event - August 2015: Leadership Buffalo Tour

Leadership Buffalo Tour 2015 Riverbend I Habitat Restoration Site – Volunteers Receive Native Plant Guides

Event - September 2015: Riverbend I Shoreline Sweep

Update - February 12, 2011

The City of Buffalo Planning Board motioned to approve the Riverbend Phase I Habitat Restoration Project and accept Negative Declaration for State Environmental Quality Review on Tuesday, February 12, bringing Riverkeeper one step closer to implementing the Project.


2,424 linear feet; 8 acres of shoreline.


More information coming soon.


Riverbend I is located at 1140 South Park Ave., Buffalo NY, 14220

The habitat restoration site is comprised of two phases totaling 4,320 linear feet and 9.79 acres of shoreline area located at the RiverBend Commerce Park property within the City of Buffalo, Erie County, NY. The property is located along the Buffalo River within the RiverBend Commerce Park and greater South Buffalo Brownfield Opportunity Area. The project site includes property owned by the City of Buffalo, Buffalo Urban Development Corporation and the Buffalo Economic Renaissance Corporation. The South Buffalo Brownfield Opportunity Area has been classified by the NYS Governor as one of the only three “Smart Growth Spotlight Communities” in New York State.

Distance Upstream from the Buffalo Harbor: 5.1 miles


The project area was formally the Republic Steel and Donner Hanna Coke Facilities in South Buffalo. The site was the subject of Voluntary Cleanup Program through the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NY DEC) and remedial work was completed in October 2007.  Remediation of the site largely consisted of the removal of underground storage tanks and contaminated soil.

The RiverBend site provides one of the longest stretches of undeveloped shoreline in the Buffalo River Area of Concern and was identified in the original Buffalo River RAP (1989) as well as the Framework, as a high priority restoration “Habitat Restoration Opportunity Area” site.

Riverkeeper received grant funding from the US Environmental Protection Agency and the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration to complete a 4,320 linear foot/ 9.79 acre riparian habitat restoration. The project will include the development of detailed engineering and design plans, as well as implementation of Phase I riverbank enhancements which include the planting of native trees and vegetation for habitat. Phase I will also include the removal of invasive species.

The following objectives have been identified for the RiverBend project:

1. Design a habitat restoration project for 4,320 linear feet and 9.79 acres of Buffalo River riparian zone.

2. Integrate the restoration project with parallel efforts at this site.

3. Implement the RiverBend riparian zone restoration project.

4. Evaluate and monitor the project for 2 years to measure success.

Project Press & Additional Information