BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) - An estimated 33,000 truckloads of contaminated sediment will be dredged from a stretch of Buffalo River and a ship canal under the next phase of a river cleanup project seen as important to development of the city's underutilized waterfront.
The $44 million project announced Monday will target 6.2 miles of lower river shoreline that saw decades of industrial activity, along with a 1.4-mile stretch of the City Ship Canal. The site is designated as an Area of Concern (AOC), a federal designation given to 43 degraded water bodies within the Great Lakes Basin.
The river flows through Buffalo and into Lake Erie.
Nearly $75 million has been spent over the last decade on restoring the river and shoreline. Under the first phase of the project, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, in 2011 and 2012, removed 550,000 cubic yards of contaminated sediment from the middle of the river. The second phase, focusing on the sides of the river, will involve the removal of about 488,000 cubic yards of contaminated sediment.
The final phase of the cleanup will focus on restoration of aquatic habitats in certain areas. The project is scheduled to be complete in 2015.
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