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Superfund investigation starts in Niagara Falls State Park

NIAGARA FALLS – The eastern edge of Niagara Falls State Park soon will be the site of a state Superfund investigation, the state Department of Environmental Conservation announced last week.

The 17-acre site, southwest of the intersection of the Robert Moses Parkway and John Dale Boulevard, is bisected by the parkway’s east-west lanes. It is part of the site of the Riverway project that is rerouting the parkway and enhancing access to the park.

Part of the parcel once contained the Port Day Pond, which was filled in during the 1930s. However, in 2013, as the parkway reconfiguration project began, contamination was found in the former pond. More contaminated areas were found in the vicinity last year, during utility installation and site grading work south of the parkway.

The investigation will include soil and groundwater samples and the digging of test pits, along with electromagnetic surveys to see if there are any buried chemical drums. The DEC said it will act without a feasibility to remove four areas of contamination already identified within the construction zone.