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Buffalo getting $500,000 grant under Great Lakes initiative

Federal officials will visit the offices of the Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper organization today to announce a $500,000 grant for Buffalo under a Great Lakes cleanup program.

A notice issued late Sunday night by the office of Rep. Brian Higgins, D-Buffalo, said Buffalo and the Buffalo Sewer Authority have been chosen as one of 16 cities to receive grants under the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, which the federal government calls “the largest investment in the Great Lakes in two decades.”

An 11 a.m. news conference will be held at the Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper offices, 1250 Niagara St., to announce a $500,000 grant for a project that will be done “on Niagara Street in the City of Buffalo,” Higgins’ office said.

No further details of the grant were revealed. Higgins’ office and Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper officials were unavailable for comment late Sunday night.

Cameron Davis of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, who serves as that agency’s administrator for the Great Lakes, will also be present for the announcement, according to Higgins’ office.

Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper has been in the forefront of many efforts to clean up Lake Erie, the Niagara River and their shorelines.

According to the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative website, the goals of the initiative are cleaning up toxic substances and other areas of concern, combating invasive species, promoting near-shore health by protecting watersheds from polluted runoff, restoring wetlands and other habitats, and tracking progress and working with strategic partners.