Unity Island

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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.

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.

Michael Mroziak, WBFO

The City of Buffalo and United States Army Corps of Engineers are partnering to restore a wetland habitat on Unity Island, using sediment removed from the Buffalo River to help build it. Project leaders see it as a means to bring environmental improvement to both sites.


Army Corps project will reshape Unity Island

Jun 30, 2017
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Unity Island in the Niagara River is going to look a little different, as the Army Corps of Engineers does major bottom dredging in the Buffalo River and the city Ship Canal. The plan calls for 200,000 cubic yards of material to be taken out of the waterways.


WBFO's Michael Mroziak

Buffalonians could worry less about sewer pipe overflows if storm water never gets into the sewer system. The city is spending millions on green infrastructure to do exactly that.

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Squaw Island is no more. Along Niagara Street Friday, members of the Seneca Nation of Indians joined Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown in unveiling a new entry sign for what is now "Unity Island."

City of Buffalo

A brief ceremony was held in Buffalo City Hall Monday to officially change the name of Squaw Island to Unity Island.

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After months of debate over a new name, the island in the Niagara River off Ferry Street will apparently be called Unity Island.


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Buffalo’s Squaw Island on the city’s west side will soon be renamed with a more positive term.