Today, federal officials will visit the Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper organization to give a $500,000 grant for the Great Lakes cleanup program. ?Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper has been leading efforts to clean up Lake Erie, the Niagara River, and other area shorelines. ?Buffalo was one of 16 cities to receive grants to clean up the Great Lakes, the largest investment in the Great Lakes in 20 years.

According to the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative website, the goals of the initiative are cleaning up toxic substances and other areas of concern, combating invasive species, promoting near-shore health by protecting watersheds from polluted runoff, restoring wetlands and other habitats, and tracking progress and working with strategic partners.

No further details are available about the grant at this time, but it displays a continued commitment to clean and develop Buffalo’s waterfront and waterways.

To learn more about Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper or to get involved, visit their website.