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Outer Harbor restoration gets $4.6 million in funding

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is receiving $4.6 million in federal funding for improvements along Buffalo’s Outer Harbor, including breakwater repair and dredging, according to Congressman Brian Higgins, (D-Buffalo).

The South Breakwater will undergo $4 million in restoration work, to rebuild the protective armor stone on the lakeside of the structure. The 10,200-foot breakwater protects the southerly portion of the Outer Harbor, including commercial slips, the Small Boat Harbor and a private marina. It is routinely exposed to the some of the most severe wave and ice conditions on the Great Lakes.

“The potential for our waterways to serve a much larger role in this community’s environmental and economic health is dependent on continual maintenance and protection of the water,” Higgins said in a statement.

Lt. Col. Adam Czekanski, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Buffalo District Commander, pointed out that the harbor infrastructure requires continuous upkeep due to the strains of the local weather.

An additional $250,000 will allow for engineering and design work toward future North Breakwater repair and $350,000 will be provided for dredging.

The congressman pointed out the work is part of an ongoing investment in Buffalo's waterfront, which has totaled $120 million in the past nine years.

That includes $60 million to transform Fuhrmann Boulevard into the Buffalo Outer Harbor Parkway; $15 million for Buffalo Harbor State Park; $4.2 million for the Industrial Heritage Trail, Tifft Street Pier and Lake Kirsty Pier; $3.3 million for Wilkeson Pointe park; plus funding for the Union Ship Canal Promenade, Times beach and Gallagher beach, the Buffalo Lighthouse restoration, the Ship Canal Commons and the Outer Harbor Greenbelt.

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