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Robert Moses Parkway

Site Number 932166


Location: The site is located to the south-west of the intersection of John Daly Boulevard and Buffalo Avenue in the city of Niagara Falls at the eastern end of Niagara Falls State Park, which is operated by OPRHP. The site is bounded to the north by residential properties and a hotel, to the east by New York Power Authority property, and to the south by the Niagara River. The Niagara Falls State Park parcel continues to the west of the site towards Goat Island.

Site Features: The site is approximately 17 acres in size. The site is bisected by the east-west lanes of Robert Moses Parkway. The site is within the Riverway construction project that is re-routing Robert Moses Parkway and expanding access to this portion of the park. The remainder of the site is mainly open parkland used for passive recreation.

Current Zoning and Land Use: The site is currently part of Niagara Falls State Park operated by OPRHP.

Past Use of the Site: New York State has owned the property since 1885 when the Niagara Reservation was created to preserve the land surrounding Niagara Falls. The north-eastern portion of the site historically contained the Port Day Pond, which was filled in starting in the 1930s. Southern portions of the site were created by the placement of large rock and other material into the Niagara River during the construction of the Robert Moses Power Project in the 1960s. Contamination in the former pond area was initially discovered in 2013 prior to the reconfiguration the Robert Moses Parkway interchange. Additional areas of contamination were discovered in 2015 during utility installation and site grading work south of Robert Moses Parkway.

Site Geology and Hydrogeology: Overburden soil consists of reworked fill composed of silt, sand, gravel and clay soils followed by silt and clay or silt and fine sand in the underlying native soils. Depth to bedrock varies slightly but is usually 8 to 12 feet below ground surface. In areas of man-made land the overburden soil typically consists of a thin layer of topsoil underlain by fill material, which is underlain by large rock fill. Depth to the rock fill layer varies, but is typically 10 to 13 feet below ground surface.

Groundwater data is limited at this time. Groundwater has been identified in the former pond area, but groundwater elevations have not been reported. Niagara River water stills flows through the rock fill base of the southern portions of the site.

Additional site details, including environmental and health assessment summaries, are available on DEC's website.

State Superfund Program

New York's State Superfund Program (SSF) identifies and characterizes suspected inactive hazardous waste disposal sites. Sites that pose a significant threat to public health and/or the environment go through a process of investigation, evaluation, cleanup and monitoring. DEC attempts to identify parties responsible for site contamination and require cleanup before committing State funds. For more information about the SSF, visit DEC's website.

Whom to Contact

For more information about activities at the site, or if you have questions, comments, or concerns, we encourage you to contact the representatives listed below. If you know anyone who would like to be added to the e-mailing list to receive project updates, please have them contact one of the DEC representatives listed below.

Project Related Questions
Benjamin McPherson
Division of Environmental Remediation
270 Michigan Ave
Buffalo, NY 14203

Site-Related Health Questions
584 Delaware Avenue
Buffalo, NY 14202

Where to Find Information

Public interest in this project is valued and appreciated. Project documents are available at the following location to help the public stay informed. Hard copies of full project documents are available at the listed locations.

Deveaux Woods State Park
3160 Deveaux Woods Drive
Niagara Falls, NY 14305

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