BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — 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.
An Investigative Post article published in The Buffalo News cites a report prepared for the Erie County Health Department that concludes that opening Gallagher Beach as a public swimming area is "probably impractical."
Gov. Andrew Cuomo, in Buffalo last month, announced 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.