BUFFALO, NY - Five years of work to spruce up miles of the Buffalo River shoreline is finally done.
Local environmental groups announced the end of the Buffalo River Habitat Restoration Project Monday. It worked on eight different spots to restore 20 acres of land for wildlife, and things like fishing and enjoying nature.
And they're proud to show off how much it's changed from the dirty, chemical-filled waterway it was not too long ago.
"We're seeing a transformation here in Buffalo that's very rare for Great Lakes regions," says Jill Jedlicka, with Buffalo Niagara Waterkeeper. "We call this era our 'rust to blue.' It's a transition that's happening largely because of the environmental cleanup and the waterfront revitalization that's happening."
The work altogether restored about two of the seven miles of shoreline along the Buffalo River - and they're hoping this will eventually get it taken off the Great Lakes "Areas of Concern" list.