Phase I of a restoration project at the Stella Niagara Preserve's landing in Lewiston is complete, according to the Buffalo Niagara Waterkeeper.
In partnership with the Western New York Land Conservancy, funding provided by Yahoo Community Grants and under the direction of Empire State Development, Phase I included the removal of concrete rubble along the shoreline.
The construction of a canoe and kayak launch, the establishment of protected shallow-water areas to provide resting, improvements to the walking trail and the restoration of water flow to allow filtration before it reaches the river were also among the work done in Phase I.
Officials say this coming spring, the final phase of the project will continue with the planting and seeding of 125 native shrubs, grasses and wetland plants at the site. This will create improved near-shore habitat, in addition to the placement of educational signage.