The Christian Science Monitor has given the Buffalo River some great national exposure. In a recent article, writer Lynn Freehill-Maye talks about the history of the river as a receptacle for sludge contaminants, and as the burgeoning water source that it is today, contributing to the Blue Economy.
The Buffalo River is herculean success story, even though many people predicted that it would never have a happy ending. Fortunately, this is the day and age in Buffalo, where anything is possible… even the cleanup of one of the most contaminated rivers in the world.
It’s these types of articles that signal to the world that Buffalo is serious about its comeback. The cleanup of the Buffalo River could have been put on the back-burner for years, due to its daunting nature. But unlikely strategic forces came together as a team to tackle the environmental nightmare. And guess what? The cleanup of the river is now being heralded as one of The Queen City of the Lakes crowing achievements, which has opened up the floodgates for recreational boating and development along its shores.
Lead image: Buffalo Niagara Waterkeeper