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Thursday September 8, 2022
Contact  New York State Department of Environmental Conservation

Comment End for DEC and Buffalo Niagara Waterkeeper -- Buffalo River AOC

September 8, 2022 

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) and Buffalo Niagara Waterkeeper will hold a virtual outreach event from noon to 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 18, 2022, to update the public about ongoing efforts to restore natural resources in the Buffalo River Area of Concern (AOC) and the proposed removal of the 'Restrictions on Dredging Activities Beneficial Use Impairment' (BUI).
Buffalo Niagara Waterkeeper, in partnership with Erie County and DEC, coordinates these restoration efforts under the Buffalo River AOC Remedial Action Plan (RAP).

The Buffalo River AOC is located in the City of Buffalo, Erie County, and includes the historically industrialized portion of the river beginning at its mouth (where it outlets to Lake Erie), and continuing upstream approximately six miles to the Bailey Avenue bridge. The Restrictions on Dredging Activities BUI was originally designated as impaired in the 1980s due to elevated concentrations of multiple chemical contaminants in river sediments. Extensive remediation of contaminated river sediments and contaminant source areas along the river shoreline since that time, as well as subsequent contaminant monitoring, demonstrates that the criteria established to remove the Restrictions on Dredging Activities BUI has been achieved.

A draft report, which details the completed actions and assessments supporting the BUI removal, is available for public review at Buffalo Niagara Waterkeeper's website. Public comments on the draft report and proposed BUI removal may be made at the Aug. 18 virtual event and are also being accepted at Buffalo Niagara Waterkeeper's online portal on its website through Sept. 8, 2022.

To participate in the virtual event online, go to Zoom.

Meeting ID: 875 6479 3714 Passcode: 898568

To join by telephone dial 1-646-558-8656 and enter the Meeting ID and Passcode.

For more information on the Buffalo River Area of Concern, visit the Buffalo Niagara Waterkeeper and U.S. EPA websites.

7:30 AM
Contact  Five Rivers Environmental Education Center
518-475-0291 or
Location  Five Rivers Environmental Education Center, 56 Game Farm Road Delmar, NY 12054 - Map

Come celebrate the dawn chorus as we monitor the birds of Five Rivers, including the fall migration. These outdoor surveys begin at 7:30 AM. Meet outside the visitor center. After a brief introduction, we’ll head out on the trails. Beginners are always welcome.

Bring binoculars if you have them. In case of inclement weather, these programs will be canceled.

For more information, call 518-475-0291.

1:00 PM
Contact  Five Rivers Environmental Education Center
518-475-0291 or
Location  Five Rivers Environmental Education Center, 56 Game Farm Road Delmar, NY 12054 - Map

For more than 15 years, data collected at Five Rivers has been contributed to this continent-wide citizen science project conducted through the University of Minnesota. Join volunteers in the United States, Canada, and Mexico in conserving monarchs and advancing the understanding of butterfly ecology and migration in general. Wear long pants and bring a sun hat and water. We will meet at the visitor center. 

Go to to learn about the project. Space is limited.

Call 518-475-0291 by the Saturday prior to register.

5:30 PM
Contact  Walter Burak - I Fish NY Coordinator

Join DEC's I FISH NY Program for a free fishing clinic from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM during the annual Riverhead Snapper Fishing Event at the Peconic Riverfront Park in Riverhead, Suffolk County. At this clinic, participants will gain experience in fishing for snapper (bluefish), while learning about fishing equipment and techniques, local fish identification, aquatic ecology, and more! No recreational marine fishing registration is required to participate and all equipment and bait will be provided for free.

Address/Directions: Peconic Riverfront Park, 40 Peconic Ave, Riverhead, NY 11901

Visit the Free Fishing Clinics page for additional information on this and other upcoming clinic events.

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