Habitat Restoration in Great Lakes Areas of Concern: Niagara River

NOAA-GLC Regional Habitat Restoration Partnership

About Niagara River Habitat Restoration

The Great Lakes Commission (GLC) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) are leading efforts to restore several critical Great Lakes Areas of Concern (AOCs) — the worst “toxic hotspots” in the region. The Niagara River was declared an Area of Concern in the late 1980’s due to a number of concerns including loss of fish and wildlife habitat. In 1994, the Niagara River Remedial Action Committee designated RCWJCP (formerly LaSalle Park) as a priority habitat site to be protected and restored. The Niagara River Remedial Advisory Committee’s Loss of Fish and Wildlife Habitat Work Group released the “Niagara River Area of Concern Habitat Restoration Plan” in October of 2019 which lists RCWJCP as their highest priority for funding in order to restore the Area of Concern.

More about Niagara River Restoration

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Benefits of Restoration

Environmental Benefits:

  • Restored approximately two acres of degraded coastal wetland marsh habitat
  • Enhanced fish and wildlife habitat, primarily shallow water fish spawning locations.

Economic Benefits:

  • Increased recreation, tourism, and sport-fishing opportunities

Community Benefits:

  • Increased water based recreation (kayaking, paddling, wildlife viewing) at Lake St. Clair Metropark
  • Improved water quality and ecosystem health
  • Improved fishing and fish spawning at a popular publicly accessible location.
Documents and Fact Sheets

The following fact sheets and documents provide additional information about the Niagara River project and specific elements of the project.

Fact Sheet


The Clinton River Area of Concern has received over $30 million of funding from the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) from both the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and Great Lakes Commission Regional Partnership. The GLRI is a federal program designed to protect and restore that largest system of fresh surface water in the world—the Great Lakes.

For More Information

Eric Ellis
Coastal Conservation and Habitat Restoration Project Manager, Great Lakes Commission
[email protected]

Tyler Mitchell
Chief of Natural Resources and Regulatory Compliance
Huron-Clinton Metropolitan Authority
[email protected]

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