USA: Higgins Urges Swift Action on Buffalo River Restoration
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) wrote a letter to the Environmental Protection Agency’s Regional Administrator and Great Lakes National Program Manager, Dr. Susan Hedman, to express concern about possible delays to the next phase of the Buffalo River Restoration as a result of budget sequestration and uncertainty about FY 2013 appropriation amounts.
“The benefits of restoring our waterways are not only environmental, but also economic,” said Congressman Higgins, a member of the Congressional Great Lakes Task Force. “Over the last few years through the development of Mutual Riverfront Park and River Fest Park, Western New Yorkers have gained new access to the River from the water’s edge and the waterside. Bringing a new life back to the Buffalo River, framed by grain elevators and full of local history, creates new opportunities for investment and job growth at Buffalo’s waterfront.”
In 2009, Higgins helped to announce collaboration between Honeywell, community partners, and state and local governments to clean up and redevelop the former Buffalo Color site on the Buffalo River. The project kicked off in August 2011.
Press Release, March 12, 2013