Tools & Resources

The Niagara River Greenway Plan and Final Environmental Impact Statement


The Niagara River Greenway Plan and Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) (April 2007) was prepared by Wendel Duchscherer, Ecology and Environment, Inc., The HOK Planning Group, Advanced Design Group, Synegraphics and the Niagara River Greenway Commission for the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation (OPRHP) in accordance with enabling legislation. The plan is supported by the acceptance of a FEIS which focuses on the Niagara River Greenway.

Input from the citizens and stakeholders of Erie and Niagara Counties is integral to this plan. The plan provides a framework for the adoption and implementation of the Niagara River Greenway Plan and outlines the principles which range from sustainability, accessibility, ecological integrity, restoration, and partnerships. The overarching goals which support these principles are to:

  • Improve Access
  • Make Connections
  • Protect and Restore Environmental Systems
  • Celebrate History and Heritage
  • Spark Revitalization and Renewal
  • Promote Long-term Sustainability
  • Extend Olmsted’s Legacy

The plan identifies potential funding sources and partnerships, and emphasizes the international significance of the greenway, its natural features and cultural/historical assets.  The plan is consistent with the regional vision outlined in the WNY Environmental Alliance Action Plan as well as universal sustainability principles because is addresses key areas such as the environment, economic development, and transportation