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Habitat project underway near Michigan Avenue lift bridge

Crews have cleared invasive plants and dead trees along the Buffalo River shoreline near the Buffalo Motor & Generator Corp. on Ohio Street.

The habitat restoration project seeks to restore about 240 feet of shoreline in the nearly one-quarter acre stretch along the river.

"Over the last week, crews have cleared four dumpsters worth of invasive plant materials and general debris from the site," according to Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper. "Over the next couple of months, we will be planting native terrestrial and aquatic plants which will restore habitat for fish and wildlife."

Last year, the site was overrun with invasive plants like Japanese knotweed and dead trees. (T.J. Pignataro/Buffalo News)

The plan for the site also includes using an existing wooden dock at the site to improve habitat in the river for fish.

Consultants working with Riverkeeper proposed constructing "interlocking root wads and stones" in the dock.

The unique configuration would create a river habitat for about 30 species of fish.

The project is one of several underway in the Buffalo River corridor as part of Riverkeeper's continuing effort to revitalize the river's ecosystem following the massive cleanup and removal of toxic contamination from the river earlier this decade.

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