Accession Number : ADA115712

Title :   Biological Survey, Buffalo River and Outer Harbor of Buffalo, New York. Volume I.

Descriptive Note : Final rept.,


Personal Author(s) : Makarewicz,Joseph C ; Dilcher,Ronald C ; Haynes,James M ; Shump,Karl

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Report Date : Jun 1982

Pagination or Media Count : 127

Abstract : The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is considering the feasibility of dredging the Outer Harbor and Buffalo River channels deeper to accomodate deeper draft vessels and/or to construct alternative means of trans-shipment of raw materials. An intensive study of the Buffalo River, Ship Canal and Outer Harbor of Buffalo, New York, was undertaken between April 1981 and May 1982 with the following general objectives: evaluate existing conditions in the river and harbor and to evaluate the biological impact of dredging the existing channel deeper in the Buffalo River and Outer Harbor; evaluate the biological impact of alternative proposals to dredging such as transshipment of raw materials by conveyor; evaluate the biological impact of removal of debris, old pilings, etc. along the Buffalo shoreline; evaluate existing conditions in potential disposal areas (Fig.2) and to evaluate the biological impact of spoil disposal in these areas; and provide a functional assessment of the ecological components studied and evaluate their significance with and without project implementation to the area ecosystem. In Volume 1, the Final Report, our analysis and interpretation of existing conditions and our assessment of impacts are presented. In Volume 2, the Data Report, the raw field data is presented in tabular form.

Descriptors :   *Harbors , *Animals , *Plants(Botany) , Rivers , New York , Urban areas , Channels(Waterways) , Dredging , Dredged materials , Waste disposal , Environmental impact , Ecology , Wildlife

Subject Categories : Biology
      Civil Engineering

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE