Improving access to unique waterfront features and recreational opportunities at this culturally and historically significant site.
The Stella Niagara Shoreline Enhancement Project includes expansion of the paddle-craft landing area and shoreline buffer zone at the Stella Niagara Preserve in Lewiston, NY. Pairing ecological expansion strategies with structural improvements aims to create valuable habitat for numerous fish and wildlife species, protect the shoreline from erosive forces of the Niagara River and improve water quality through runoff absorption and filtration.
OATH COMMUNITY BENEFIT FUND FOR NIAGARA COUNTY
WESTERN NEW YORK LAND CONSERVANCY
The Stella Niagara Preserve is a 29-acre parcel located along the lower Niagara River in the Town of Lewiston.
The property, acquired by the Western New York Land Conservancy in 2015, is the largest privately-owned, publicly accessible, undeveloped tract of land along the entire Niagara River, and serves as an anchor in establishing the Niagara River Greenway. The shoreline improvements completed through this project complement the restoration completed by the Land Conservancy throughout the Preserve.
A. Ledgerock Breakwall
Buffers the shoreline, aquatic vegetation, and substrates from the erosive wave action and ice scour of the Niagara River.
B. Protected Habitat Cove
In-water vegetation supports wildlife, helps reduce erosion, and filters runoff before entering waterways.
C. Boulder Piles
Provides calm pockets of water where plants can establish.
D. Seating Rocks
E. Interpretive Signing
F. Ledge Rock Paddle Channel
Channel access for non-motorized watercraft to launch or land.
G. Substrate Launch Ramp
Graded for landing during both low and high water levels.
H. Protected Habitat Cove
I. Culvert Outlet Into Dry Creek
Defined creek channel and cascade pools helps reduce flooding on adjacent pathway.