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Erie County has received a federal grant of $1.9 million to continue work on the Buffalo River Remedial Action Plan and to start habitat restoration projects in two county natural habitat parks along the river in South Buffalo, County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz announced.

Following approval by the County Legislature, the county will establish a budget for the funds, provided by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

An environmental specialist will be hired, and a three-year contract with Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper for the project will be drawn up.

The county’s Department of Environment and Planning will manage the habitat restoration projects at the two parks and oversee the contract with Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper, Poloncarz added.