Buffalo River

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.

Buffalo River cleanup continues

Sep 29, 2014
Chris Caya/WBFO News

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.

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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.

If Our Water Could Talk Part V: The Future

May 16, 2014
WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

After decades of missteps, Buffalo is finally experiencing a renaissance along the waterfront. All this week, WBFO has explored life along the Buffalo River. In our final installment of If Our Water Could Talk, WBFO's Jay Moran and Eileen Buckley explore how the city waterfront is now the catalyst inspiring future economic development being called 'Rust to Blue.'

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With its origins in the hills of Wales and Java, the Buffalo River, like most streams, begins in the highlands before flowing downhill into another body of water. Lake Erie serves as the mouth of the Buffalo River, providing the waterway with its unique character.

On a recent, less-than-ideal, Saturday afternoon, some hearty kayakers and fishermen were making full use of the Harlem Road/Buffalo River boat launch site. The scene would not have been imaginable a half-century ago.

If Our Water Could Talk Part I: Buffalo River history

May 12, 2014
WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

After decades of pollution pouring into our waterways, a massive cleanup effort continues along the Buffalo River. WBFO & WNED-TV are examining our region's water resources in a project called If Our Water Could Talk. A special documentary will air Monday at 9 p.m. on WNED-TV. WBFO's Eileen Buckley begins our series looking back to the industrial age that tainted out most precious resource. 

Progress being made on Buffalo River dredging

Dec 6, 2013
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Dozens and dozens of chemicals have been dumped into the Buffalo River over the last 100 years. But a collaborative cleanup effort along the River is now halfway through the second phase. WBFO's Eileen Buckley watched as a section of City Ship Canal off Fuhrmann Boulevard was being dredged Thursday afternoon.

Buffalo River restoration entering next phase

Sep 24, 2013
WBFO News photos by Eileen Buckley

A key partnership that will move cleanup of the Buffalo River forward was announced Monday. The newly-formed Buffalo Restoration Partnership will use $44 million to clean 6.2 miles of river sediment.

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Ongoing cleanup of the Buffalo River and the City Ship Canal will continue as the Environmental Protection Agency restored funding for the effort.

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A major cleanup of the Buffalo River may be a casualty of the Sequester as Washington fights over money for the EPA and other federal agencies.

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In the late 1960’s, the Buffalo River was so polluted it caught fire.

“But it didn’t really get much national attention because that was just the way things were back in the day,” says Jill Jedlicka, executive director of Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper, an environmental advocacy group.

“People expected polluted rivers. It was just the cost of doing business at the time.”

Man who jumped into Buffalo River found alive

Jul 30, 2012
Jim Ranney/WBFO News

After searching all night, Buffalo Police say a man who jumped into the Buffalo River at Canalside Sunday night was located Monday and is safe.

BPD spokesman Mike DeGeorge says in a statement police are looking at the possibility that the individual may have swam to safety. The incident remains under investigation

Earlier Monday, Buffalo Police said the 45-year-old Lancaster man, who has not been publicly identified, was apparently intoxicated when he jumped into the river near the U.S.S. Little Rock around 11 p.m. 

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Visitors to Canalside are getting a look at one of the oldest activities of a harbor, dredging.

For probably as long as sailors have gone down to the sea, harbors have had to be dredged, removing the mud or whatever which flowed into the harbor, making it harder for ships to sail in and out.

Locally, the harbor, the Buffalo River, and the City Ship Canal are dredged to 23 feet in depth for what's called the Federal Navigation Channel. The watery material is dug up and put in barges which take it to a disposal area near the old Bethlehem Steel plant.

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The tower of the Wheeler Grain Elevator collapsed into the Buffalo River on Friday.

No injuries were reported. Members of the demolition crew, Ontario Specialty Contracting, claim that it was a planned fall. But local preservationist Tim Tielman argues that the incident was an error and blames the city for not better overseeing the work.

A local traffic bridge was closed until the scene was secured.

The city issued an emergency demolition for the structure earlier in the year.