Buffalo River dredging project continues

Apr 27, 2015

The dredges are coming again to the Buffalo River, as a ten-year, $100 million project to clean the river winds down.

A cleaner Buffalo River glistens on a recent spring afternoon.
Credit Mike Desmond/wbfo news

The river is only one of the waterways projects which are continuing as the waterfront continues its swing from an industrial area to recreation, with some industry still going strong and some lake freighters still coming through and dodging kayaks, crew shells and sail boats.

Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper's Jill Jedlicka says a big project involves the river bank at RiverBend.

"We're actually restoring that shoreline. And, if you look at it now, you will really see the industrial past. There's straight walls and straight sheet pile that leads down to the river. That's not a natural or healthy shore line," Jedlicka explained.

"We're regrading area of that shore line to decrease the grade. We're going to be bringing in clean soils and compost and a variety of different native tree species."

That's a half-mile of river bank, so it will be a big project, adjacent to the massive Solar City project which is slated to eventually provide thousands of jobs building solar panels on the former site of the Republic Steel plant.