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Shoreline restoration scheduled for Buffalo River at Seneca Bluffs

A half-mile stretch of Buffalo River shoreline will be restored at the Seneca Bluffs Natural Habitat Park, according to an announcement by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

The aquatic and shoreline habitat restoration is just upstream from Bailey Woods.

It is part of an overall plan to reach habitat restoration goals for the Buffalo River, which also includes seven other sites downstream to the Michigan Avenue lift bridge including at places like Riverbend, the foot of Katherine Street and the Buffalo Color Peninsula.

The work will be designed to reduce shoreline erosion, establish native plant communities and control invasive species.

Tidewater Inc. of Elkridge, was awared the $1.34 million contract for the project, which is expected to start this fall. Construction could be mostly done by winter with plantings next spring to be followed by a three-year monitoring process, according to the Corps.

The project is being carried out through an inter-agency agreement between the Corps and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

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