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ENB Region 9 Completed Applications 06/07/2017

Erie County


Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper
721 Main St
Buffalo, NY 14203


BMGC & Blue Tower Turning Basin In-Water Remediation
Buffalo River
Buffalo, NY 14203

Application ID:


Permit(s) Applied for:

Article 15 Title 5 Excavation & Fill in Navigable Waters
Section 401 - Clean Water Act Water Quality Certification

Project is Located:

Buffalo, Erie County

Project Description:

The Department has received and made a tentative determination to approve an application from Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper for in-water and shoreline habitat restoration at two sites along the Buffalo River in the City of Buffalo. The two sites are the Blue Tower Turning Basin, which is located east of the Katherine Street Peninsula, 3.1 miles upstream from the mouth of the river and at the Buffalo Motor and Generator Corporation (BMGC) property, which is located south of the Michigan Avenue lift bridge and west of River Fest Park, 1.1 miles upstream of the mouth of the river. The project involves removing floating and near shore debris and invasive vegetation, placing a layer of planting substrate and planting submerged aquatic vegetation and emergent vegetation. Herbivory protection measures, rootwads and logs will be placed to protect the planting areas. The purpose of the project is to restore and enhance the ecological function of the river to address the Buffalo River Remedial Action Plan's Beneficial Use Impairment for loss of fish and wildlife habitat and to provide effective and sustainable designs for restoring and naturalizing shorelines.

As a tentative determination, the Department is seeking public comment prior to making a final determination on permit issuance.

Availability of Application Documents:

Filed application documents, and Department draft permits where applicable, are available for inspection during normal business hours at the address of the contact person. To ensure timely service at the time of inspection, it is recommended that an appointment be made with the contact person.

State Environmental Quality Review (SEQR) Determination:

Project is an Unlisted Action and will not have a significant impact on the environment. A Negative Declaration is on file. A coordinated review was not performed.

SEQR Lead Agency: None Designated

State Historic Preservation Act (SHPA) Determination:

Evaluation using a Structural-Archaeological Assessment Form or other information has concluded that the proposed activity will not impact registered, eligible or inventoried archaeological sites or historic structures.

Coastal Management:

This project is located in a Coastal Management area and is subject to the Waterfront Revitalization and Coastal Resources Act.

Opportunity for Public Comment:

Comments on this project must be submitted in writing to the Contact Person no later than Jun 22, 2017.


Lisa M Czechowicz
NYSDEC Region 9 Headquarters
270 Michigan Ave
Buffalo, NY 14203

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