The Friends of the Buffalo Niagara Rivers and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will share the cost of a $2.1 million study and analysis of the feasibility of removing contaminated sediments along the Buffalo River.
The feasibility study is expected to last two to three years and, once complete, could make the sediment remediation eligible for millions of dollars in federal funding under the Great Lakes Legacy Act and the Water Resources Development Act.
"We have known about sediment contamination for over 20 years," said Julie Barrett O'Neill, executive director of the Friends of the Buffalo Niagara Rivers. "For the first time in a generation, this community will see great progress in the cleanup and protection of the Buffalo River."
The study will involve the collection of nearly 400 sediment cores at 160 spots along the river during August and September.
Contaminants, including several known to have adverse impact on human health, from old industrial plants along the river have concentrated in the river sediment.