Buffalo River

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To keep waters navigable, they have to be dredged to allow the removal of vast volumes of wet sludge so ships can get through. Experts from around the Great Lakes are in town to see what this area does with dredged materials.

Savvy Over 60: Peg Overdorf

Mar 13, 2019
Valley Community Association

Down in the Valley is Margaret "Peg" Overdorf. Hang your head over the Michigan Avenue Lift Bridge and you can hear her wind blow. This year, Overdorf is celebrating 40 years as Executive Director of the Valley Community Association, from which has bloomed a renewal along the Ohio Street Corridor to the Buffalo River. You may not recognize their names, but the VCA, Overdorf and her close-knit army of volunteers are leaving their mark on our region, serving families and turning former polluted dumping grounds into waterfront destinations.

Chris Caya WBFO News

Sunshine and rising temperatures is increasing snowmelt and runoff into creeks and streams that flow into the Buffalo River and Cazenovia Creek. To help prevent flooding, in Buffalo, City Engineer Michael Finn says a long-arm excavator is being used to break up ice around bridges.

Mike Desmond / WBFO News

There was a large, state long-arm excavator digging away in Buffalo Creek Sunday, as Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul and West Seneca Supervisor Sheila Meegan talked to reporters about what was being done to make sure the thawing of snow and shifting of ice didn't create flooding in the town.

Weekend heat may bring weekend floods

Jan 31, 2019
Michael Mroziak, WBFO

While Western New Yorkers will look forward to relief from Arctic cold temperatures beginning this weekend, meteorologists and government officials are looking ahead with concern for potential flood problems.

Visit Buffalo Niagara

Improvements on the Buffalo waterfront are moving out into open water, to the breakwalls that protect the harbor.

by ANGELICA A. MORRISON

The Buffalo Niagara Waterkeeper announced the completion of the habitat restoration project for the Buffalo River Monday morning.

Heritage Moments: Stanley Spisiak, LBJ and a bucket of Buffalo River sludge

Jul 2, 2018
Buffalo History Museum

It’s the early 1960s, and you’re summering at Crystal Beach. You walk across the sands to take a dip in the warm waves of Lake Erie. But before you get to the water, you’ve got to step gingerly through a dozen yards of dead fish, a solid mass of rotting flesh washed up on the sand amid swarms of flies, already stinking in the morning sun.


Nick Lippa / WBFO

Not too long ago the Buffalo River was declared biologically dead. Since 2005 close to $100 million has been invested to bring the waterway back to life.

Mike Desmond / WBFO News

Downtown Buffalo's Central Library is a good walk from the Buffalo River or Canalside, but the river was the focus Thursday night during a public forum.

City of Buffalo

Area rivers and creeks are chock full of ice - and with the warm-up coming this week, municipalities are trying to prevent flooding.

James Hoggard

Plans are set to be unveiled Wednesday for bringing new life to an old rail corridor in Buffalo.

Heritage Moments: Dart, Dunbar and the colossus in the harbor

Nov 20, 2017
Detroit Publishing Co., Copyright Claimant, and Publisher Detroit Publishing Co. “River and elevators, Buffalo, foot of Main St.” Buffalo New York, ca. 1900. Retrieved from the Library of Congress.

For more than 150 years they have loomed over the river, gigantic and monstrous. Silent gray canyons lining the waterway, they form a concrete Atlantis, whispering of the wealth they once generated, the ships, the throngs of workers, the noise and traffic and bustle. Long ago, they were made of wood.


All aboard the Cotter for a special family reunion

Aug 18, 2017
Michael Mroziak, WBFO

Members of a family with roots in South Buffalo and with the Buffalo Fire Department gathered Friday aboard the city's vintage fireboat. The tour is intended to not only celebrate the family's heritage but raise awareness that the ship is in need of upgrades.

Erie County adds public space to Seneca Bluffs

Nov 1, 2016
WBFO News file photo

A park along the Buffalo River is growing. County officials maintain the addition to Seneca Bluffs Natural Habitat Park will boost efforts to improve water quality along the Buffalo River.

Plastic debris is pervasive in the waters that feed the Great Lakes, according to a new study published by the United States Geological Survey.

 

 

A local organization is in the running for what's billed as "the world's most prestigious environmental award."    


A project to replace the Bailey Avenue bridges over the Buffalo River and Cazenovia Creek has been announced.

Dan Almasi

A new attraction at Silo City aims to connect local residents with Buffalo’s historic waterways. Silo City Paddling Company recently launched its inaugural season along the Buffalo River, renting kayaks and stand-up paddleboards.

Chris Caya WBFO News

The Great Lakes could become a spawning ground for invasive species under a bill recently passed by the House. It would eliminate federal oversight of ballast water that some ships carry around the world.


Chris Caya WBFO News

Several improvements to Canalside have been completed ahead of the 2016 summer season. Officials cut the ribbon on a $2.2 million expansion of the Central Wharf on Friday.

Chris Caya WBFO News

By early 2017, the City of Buffalo's rental stock will include nearly 100 apartments in two new buildings overlooking the Buffalo River.


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Developer Carl Paladino and his partner Victor Liberatore are the proud new owners of a prime piece of Buffalo riverfront property.

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

Buffalo Police Department / WBFO News

The Buffalo Police Underwater Recovery Team was called to search the Buffalo River near Cazenovia Creek this morning, in connection with the search for a missing man.

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers / WBFO News

Squaw Island State Park on Buffalo’s West side could be the site of some natural recycling.

Plans move forward for proposed waterfront ferry boat

Oct 15, 2014
Ashley Hirtzel / WBFO

A major step was taken Wednesday in a project that would bring a ferry service to the Buffalo waterfront. The Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation approved the public comment period for the plan that would allow a ferry to travel from the First Buffalo River Marina to Canalside, between the inner and outer harbors.

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More cleanup funding is flowing for the Buffalo River. Great Lakes Commission policy director Matt Doss announced a $4.7 million award for shoreline and habitat restoration along the river at Smith Street Park, Monday morning.

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The Coast Guard was called for a rescue on Friday afternoon.

WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

As part of our ongoing If Our Water Could Talk reporting, WBFO's Eileen Buckley spoke with author Edward McClelland. McClelland, who wrote Nothing But Blue Skies about the Great Lakes industrial past of Rust Belt cities like Buffalo, has been keeping a close watch on Buffalo's waterfront renaissance.

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