In the mid-1980s the International Joint Commission listed 42 “Areas of Concern,” severely degraded rivers and harbors across the U.S.-Canada Great lakes basin. These included the lower 6.2 miles of the Buffalo River and the entire Niagara River. The IJC identified 14 possible “beneficial use impairments,” to be confirmed and then addressed by remedial action plans. Loss of fish and wildlife habitat was one of the confirmed impairments on both the Buffalo and the Niagara rivers.

On the basis of habitat research to date, and with the help of a GIS mapping consultant and a technical advisory group of expert stakeholders, Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper has developed habitat inventories and restoration goals for our two rivers.

Final Habitat Report: Buffalo and Niagara Rivers Habitat Assessment and Conservation Framework

If you have trouble viewing any of the maps linked in the above document you can open them separately by clicking on the link here:

Buffalo River Maps: Map 4.2 Map 4.3 Map 4.4 Map 4.5 Map 4.6

Niagara River Maps: Map 5.1 Map 5.2 Map 5.3 Map 5.4 Map 5.5 Map 5.6 Map 5.7 Map 5.8 Map 5.9 Map 5.10

Niagara Watershed Maps: Map 6.1 Map 6.2 Map 6.3 Map 6.4 Map 6.5