Niagara Gazette

Local News

October 21, 2013

Pollution could foil Buffalo public beach plans

BUFFALO — A plan to create the city of Buffalo's first public beach for swimming could be derailed by concerns over pollution along a stretch of Lake Erie waterfront.

A report prepared for the Erie County Health Department concludes that opening Gallagher Beach in South Buffalo as a public swimming area is "probably impractical."

Gov. Andrew Cuomo was in Buffalo last month to announce that Gallagher Beach and the nearby Small Boat Harbor will become part of a new state park under plans to transform 400 acres of underutilized land along the waterfront.

The pollution concerns include the outer harbor near the beach that has sediment contaminated with PCBs, two nearby Superfund sites and a storm water discharge drain about 600 feet south of the beach.

1
Text Only | Photo Reprints
Local News
Featured Ads
Seasonal Content
House Ads
AP Video
Netanyahu Vows to Destroy Hamas Tunnels Obama Slams Republicans Over Lawsuit House Leaders Trade Blame for Inaction Malaysian PM: Stop Fighting in Ukraine Cantor Warns of Instability, Terror in Farewell Ravens' Ray Rice: 'I Made a Huge Mistake' Florida Panther Rebound Upsets Ranchers Small Plane Crash in San Diego Parking Lot Busy Franco's Not Afraid of Overexposure Fighting Blocks Access to Ukraine Crash Site Dangerous Bacteria Kills One in Florida Workers Dig for Survivors After India Landslide Texas Scientists Study Ebola Virus Smartphone Powered Paper Plane Debuts at Airshow Southern Accent Reduction Class Cancelled in TN
Opinion
House Ads
Night & Day
Twitter News
Follow us on twitter
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
Front page
Poll

Do you think cigarette sales to non-Native American customers should be taxed on reservations?

Yes. Items should be taxed like they are everywhere else.
No, the indian reservations are sovereign land and they are selling them on their land.
Not up to me. Native Americans decide the rules on their land.
Don't care. Smoking isn't good for you.
     View Results