Beaver Island Restoration

New York Power Authority contracted with AES to re-vegetate the shorelines and riverine wetlands of Little Beaver Island in the Niagara River, upstream from the Falls.

This project was especially important because there are few wetlands along the Niagara River for fish and wildlife habitat. Little Beaver Island was once a diverse marsh area, but in the 1960s the area was filled and planted with turf grass, creating very low-quality habitat.

On more than eight acres of wetland habitat, AES restored wet meadow, more than an acre of shallow emergent marsh, and 3.5 acres of deep emergent marsh and submerged aquatic vegetation zone.

Little Beaver Island has been reconstructed and re-vegetated to improve local wetland functions and restore diversity in the area. Plantings include 95,550 herbaceous plugs, 1,475 live stakes, and 3,530 trees and shrubs, and the installation of over 5,000 linear feet of herbivory fencing.

Little Beaver has the potential for countless educational opportunities and is a prime example of hemi-marsh restoration in the Northeast.

  • Energy Industry Mitigation
  • Habitat Restoration
  • Wetland Restoration
  • Stream Restoration

Little Beaver Island | Habitat Restoration
Erie County, New York
2011


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