Hoyt Lake Water Improvement Project to Begin This Week

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  • Hoyt Lake, Delaware Park, courtesy of Jeff Przybylski
  • Hoyt Lake, Delaware Park, courtesy of Jeff Przybylski
  • Hoyt Lake, Delaware Park, courtesy of Jeff Przybylski
    

BUFFALO, NY - The waters of Hoyt Lake in Delaware Park will be receiving some long-anticipated attention thanks to a $547,000 improvement plan developed by the City of Buffalo Parks and Recreation Department and the Buffalo Olmsted Conservancy.

Construction is scheduled to begin this week on the installation of two new fresh water wells, a diversion tunnel, access road and new landscaping. The Hoyt Lake Wells and Improvement Project is intended to boost oxygen levels and improve the aquatic habitat while reducing nuisance algae, bacteria and odor problems.

Funding for the project is being provided by a $271,000 state grant and $132,000 in city bond money. A separate $144,803 grant to the Buffalo Olmsted Conservancy is earmarked for the creation of new pedestrian paths around the lake.

"We continue to work hard throughout the City of Buffalo to make our city's bodies of water even healthier and smarter," Mayor Byron Brown said in a statement released by the city on Tuesday. "Installing the two new fresh-water wells is designed to provide fresh, clean water to the lake, boosting oxygen levels and providing immediate water-quality improvements."

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and the City of Buffalo have been working together to address problems with sewage from sewer overflows, low dissolved oxygen and bacteria, but precious little progress has been seen at the lake. 

Two years ago, the DEC announced "immediate water quality improvements" to Hoyt Lake and the connecting Scajaquada Creek waterway.

Last year, 2 On Your Side reported that funding had also been secured for a fountain that would help to aerate the water. Then in August of this year, the Olmsted Conservancy secured a partnership with the Army Corps of Engineers to study a sediment dredging project which would have to happen in conjunction with the fountain's installation. No timetable is available for the fountain project.

Photo credit: Jeff Przybylski

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