July 13, 2009

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Key Senate Panel Approves Over $100,000 to Help Restore Niagara River Watershed

Federal Dollars Will Help Prevent Flooding, Improve Environment, Upgrade Infrastructure

Washington, DC - U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand announced that the Senate Appropriations Committee late last week approved $104,000 to help restore the Niagara Watershed by developing and implementing plans to reduce pollutants, improve navigational channels and prevent flooding for communities along the Niagara River in Western New York in the Energy and Water Bill.

"The historic Niagara River Watershed has played an important role in our nation's history serving as a critical water route for generations," said Senator Schumer. "This funding will reenergize efforts to restore the area to prevent flooding, improve the environment and provide quality water to communities throughout the area for years to come."

"This project is great news for the Niagara Watershed and all of Western New York," Senator Gillibrand said.  "These federal dollars will help improve water quality, restore the environment and protect communities and families in Western New York from flooding.  I will continue working with Senator Schumer and the entire New York Delegation to make sure New York gets its fair share from the federal government."

Buffalo RIVERKEEPER will receive $104,000 to recommend and implement multi-agency plans to help restore the Niagara River Watershed. The plans will help restore ecosystems, prevent future environmental losses, eliminate bacterial loadings and pollutants, as well as improve navigational channels, analyze flood control operations and improve sanitary and sewage infrastructure.

Next, the appropriations bill will be sent to the Senate floor. Following approval by the Senate, the bill will move toward Conference with the House and then to the President for signature.  Clearing the Senate Subcommittee is the most difficult step in the process.