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Aquatic Vegetation in the Buffalo River Indicator of Health
Overwhelmed by decades of pollution, by the late 60's, the Buffalo River's condition was disgraceful. Both Lyndon Johnson and Robert Kennedy visited the river to inspect the carnage, and the death knell for this once proud waterway was sounding.

Jill Jedlicka is Executive Director Of Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper. The river hit rock bottom in around 1969 when it was functionally declared biologically dead by the federal government. Nothing could survive in the river, there was no oxygen in the water, not even Sludge Worms were living in the bottom of the river, it would change color, it would occasionally catch fire.

What was once a civic embarrassment is now a symbol of renewal. Over the past decade, a torrent of organizations has worked hard to restore the river. One of the most visible signs of life are the aquatic vegetation recently planted along the shore. From an environmental standpoint the re-establishment of sub aquatic vegetation and emergent vegetation is an indicator for the health of the river.


 
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Be on the Lookout for Water Soldier - Water soldier, an invasive plant from Eurasia, is causing harm to native vegetation and restricting boating and swimming opportunities along the waterway. The Trent-Severn Waterway population of water soldier is the only known wild population in all of North America and was first discovered in the waterway near the Hamlet of Trent River in 2008.


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