Work on Buffalo Harbor north breakwater in full swing

The USACE Buffalo District’s crews are currently busy repairing sections of Buffalo Harbor’s north breakwater – damaged over time from the harsh lake Erie wind, wave and ice.

Andrew Kornacki USACE

According to USACE, the project is critical to ensure safe navigation within the harbor, which directly supports the Nation’s economy, while also providing an additional benefit of coastal resiliency to critical public infrastructure and shoreline that sits behind the breakwater.

 Andrew Kornacki, USACE, photo

USACE has identified the most degraded area to repair based on available funding, and the work on the remaining reach is dependent upon receiving additional funding. 

The Buffalo North Breakwater was originally constructed in 1901 to protect the opening to the Black Rock Canal. Significant repairs were last completed during 1984.