An example of a riparian restoration project completed during Phase 1 of the Living Shoreline program. The images show before (left) and after (right) conditions at a site located near Grand Island’s town commons. The end result is a functional riparian buffer, offering habitat that is both beautiful and beneficial.
An example of a riparian restoration project completed during Phase 1 of the Living Shoreline program. The images show before (left) and after (right) conditions at a site located near Grand Island’s town commons. The end result is a functional riparian buffer, offering habitat that is both beautiful and beneficial.

Phase 1 of the Living Shorelines Program (2009-2012), funded by the Greenway Ecological Standing Committee, focused on providing technical assistance to riparian landowners within the Greenway.  Project components included small scale riparian plantings, landowner workshops, development of a waterfront landowner stewardship guide, educational tours, and volunteer engagement. This project was successful in sharing the benefits and best management practices associated with living shorelines throughout the community, and helped to develop a pathway forward for the program which is currently being expanded through the implementation of Phase 2.

To read the final report from Phase 1, click here: The Niagara River Riparian Restoration Program Final Report. For the complete appendices–a separate document–click here (this is a large document and takes some time to download).