Buffalo, NY – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), Buffalo District will host a public meeting regarding the Braddock Bay Restoration Project, October 22, 2014, from 6:30pm to 8:30pm at the Town of Greece Town Hall, Eastman Room, 1 Vince Tofany Blvd., Greece, NY 14612.
The purpose of the meeting will be to present the results of the Braddock Bay Restoration Feasibility Study, the current status of the project, the path forward and to seek innovative ideas and considerations for inclusion in the design. For more information, please visit the Braddock Bay Restoration web site: http://www.lrb.usace.army.mil/Missions/CivilWorks/DistrictProjects/BraddockBay.aspx.
The USACE in cooperation with U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), and the Town of Greece has completed a feasibility study to identify a plan for ecosystem restoration at Braddock Bay, Monroe County, NY.
“The goal of restoration is to improve habitat diversity of the existing emergent marsh currently dominated by cattail, and to reduce erosion of the existing emergent marsh,” said Craig Forgette, USACE project manager.
"Braddock Bay is a very special natural area that is threatened by continued erosion from wave action, which has already resulted in the loss of a significant area of emergent wetland habitat," said James Tierney, Assistant Commissioner, NYS DEC Office of Water Resources. "DEC is working with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and other partners to protect the bay, and we look forward to receiving the public's views on how we can enhance resiliency against wave action and extreme storm events, while also improving habitat quality within the Braddock Bay complex."
"The Rochester Embayment Remedial Action Plan Advisory supports the Braddock Bay Restoration project as it is one of the necessary management actions that will contribute to the improvement in fish and wildlife habitat necessary for removal of the habitat beneficial use impairment and furtherance of the effort to delist the Rochester Embayment as an Area of Concern,” said Charles Knauf, Rochester Embayment Remedial Action Plan Oversight Committee Chair.
"The project currently being undertaken by the Army Corps of Engineers is the first step to revitalizing the Braddock Bay area,” said Bill Reilich, Town of Greece supervisor. We are excited that the project will restore and protect this valuable natural resource, while potentially improving boater access to Braddock Bay. I am greatly appreciative of all the assistance we have received thus far, and look forward to advancing to the next step in the process."