Buffalo, N.Y. (WKBW release) -- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Buffalo District, working under the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative is partnering with Erie County, the City of Buffalo and the Friends of Times Beach to implement the $500 thousand first phase of an aquatic invasive plant species removal project at Times Beach in Buffalo.
According to a news release:
A variety of mechanical and chemical methods will be used to remove invasive species and replant with native species. Field work is expected to begin late in the summer of 2012.
“The Great Lakes are a national and international treasure and the Corps is proud to be able to partner on projects like Times Beach so that future generations will be able to enjoy and appreciate a valuable environmental resource,” said Buffalo District Commander Lt. Col. Stephen H. Bales.
Those wishing to see details of the project or submit comments by May 31 may do so by visiting Corps’ website: http://www.lrb.usace.army.mil/missions/public/review.html.
Opportunities for public participation and stewardship of Times Beach will be posted on the Buffalo District’s facebook site: https://www.facebook.com/BuffaloDistrict.
"The Times Beach Nature Preserve is one of the best bird watching areas in the United States. The natural habitat improvements provided through this project will enhance the experience for bird watchers and those interested in enjoying a peaceful walk in the woods along the Buffalo waterfront,” said Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz.
The Great Lakes Restoration Initiative addresses invasive species, contamination and pollution, and encourages government agencies at all levels of government to work together to protect the lakes.