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Grant To Improve Water Quality In Lake Erie
MAYOR BROWN ANNOUNCES $500,000 GREAT LAKES GRANT FOR GREENER INFRASTRUCTURE TO IMPROVE WATER QUALITY IN LAKE ERIE
March 24, 2014 - On behalf of the Buffalo Sewer Authority, the Mayor’s Office of Strategic Planning and the Department of Public Works, Mayor Byron W. Brown today thanked the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for approving a $500,000 Great Lakes Restoration Initiative grant to the City of Buffalo to fund green infrastructure projects to improve water quality in Lake Erie.
"Water quality improvement is crucial - for our environment, ecosystem, and our residents’ quality of life and this particular project is part of a much larger effort to revitalize Buffalo’s Niagara Street neighborhood,” said Mayor Brown. “Today’s announcement is another example of how collaboration is creating green development opportunities along Buffalo’s waterfront, while strengthening a highly visible corridor that adds to the great progress underway in our city.”
The City of Buffalo and the Buffalo Sewer Authority will use the $500,000 EPA grant, along with $500,000 in funding from Empire State Development, to construct green infrastructure projects along a targeted 1-mile section of Niagara Street.
Niagara Street drains directly to the Niagara River Black Rock navigation channel – a component of the Niagara River Great Lakes Area of Concern. The channel is actively utilized by the community for subsistence fishing and recreational and commercial
The Niagara Street project includes the installation of porous asphalt, stormwater planters, rain gardens, and the reduction of impervious pavements. The entire Niagara Street project has the potential to control over 16 million gallons of storm water runoff per year from approximately 50 acres of land.
The Buffalo Sewer Authority has committed approximately $2.6 million in funding to implement green infrastructure on Niagara Street as part of its Combined Sewer Overflow Long Term Control Plan. The Niagara Street project is one of seven green street projects included in the first phase of the Buffalo Sewer Authority’s Combined Sewer Overflow Long Term Control Plan green infrastructure strategy. The other streets include Carlton Avenue, Fillmore Avenue, Allen Street, Ohio Street, Genesee Street Gateway, Kenmore Avenue and Kensington Avenue.
At the same time, the City of Buffalo DPW is working on awarding contracts for the first segment of the Niagara Street project and expects to see construction this summer. The second phase of the project, including the Hispanic Heritage District, is in final design and construction is planned for this fall.
To find more information about the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative or Shoreline Cities Green Infrastructure Grants, visit www.glri.us.
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Photos by Angel Art LTP, compliments of the Greater Buffalo Convention and Visitors Bureau. Additional photos by Adrian Roselli, compliments of Algonquin Studios