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Meeting set to discuss North Tonawanda Botanical Gardens shoreline restoration

Plans to restore fish and wildlife habitat along the Tonawanda Creek shoreline off Sweeney Street in North Tonawanda will be presented at a public meeting at 6 p.m. Wednesday in the North Tonawanda Public Library, 505 Meadow Drive.

The North Tonawanda Botanical Garden Organization and Buffalo Niagara Waterkeeper will discuss the $342,000 project. Niagara River Greenway funds will pay for the entire project. The site is about one acre of the Botanical Gardens, north of the boat launch.

Waterkeeper Senior Program Manager Emily Root said the work, set for this fall or in 2020, will include planting of native species that would be more hospitable to fish such as walleye and northern pike, while filtering runoff into the creek from the nearby lawn and parking lot.

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