At a Glance

Restoring shallow-water habitat, removing invasives and planting native plants will restore aquatic and riparian habitat, reconnect people to the Buffalo River, and provide a model for future restoration deigns on the Buffalo River.

Project Description

Restoring the shoreline of Red Jacket Park is one of the final steps in a larger effort to improve habitat quality along a stretch of the Buffalo River that was designated a Great Lakes Area of Concern. The effort began with dredging to remove contaminated sediment from the river bottom. Once that effort was complete, the County Department of Environment and Planning hired Biohabitats, working as a subconsultant to Wendel, to restore Red Jacket Natural Habitat Park's 800 linear feet of shoreline.

The overall goals of the project are to improve fish and wildlife habitat by creating a mosaic of escape and forage habitat and restoring valuable shallow-water areas and their rich vegetation community. Biohabitats is leading the restoration design efforts and will be responsible for completing and ecological assessment of the park, including an invasive species inventory. Biohabitats will also be responsible for planning the management and monitoring of the restoration.

A new series of rock weirs along the shoreline will encourage the deposition of sediment and replace the critical shallow-water habitat that was lost during the dredging. Submerged aquatic vegetation and emergent vegetation will then be planted to provide additional habitat. In the riparian areas, invasive species will be treated and a "living" fence will be planted along the property lines to limit encroachment from adjacent invasives, while providing habitat and a native seed source.

Details

Bioregion

Great Lakes

Physiographic Province

Lower Great Lakes Plain

Watershed

Lake Erie

Expertise Areas

Community, Ecological Restoration, Water

Owner

Erie County Department of Environment and Planning

Location

Erie County, New York, United States

Project Team
  • Wendel