Buffalo Creek Floodplain Reconnection Project in West Seneca

The goal of this project is to address recurring residential flooding in the Lexington Green Neighborhood by reconnecting Buffalo Creek to its historic floodplain, much of which has been eliminated to provide opportunities for the community to grow. Reconnecting Buffalo Creek to its floodplain will increase the Creek’s capacity for floodwater, thus decreasing the risk of property loss and residential flooding.

Buffalo Niagara Waterkeeper received funding from the National Coastal Resiliency Fund (NCRF) for a feasibility study of the area to determine if a floodplain bench would alleviate the flooding. Waterkeeper has contracted with Ramboll for the feasibility study and modeling of that solution, and will have a final report and preliminary designs by the end of 2022.

FUNDING: NCRF through the National Fish & Wildlife Foundation

PARTNERS: Town of West Seneca, Erie County Soil & Water Conservation District

TIMELINE:

June: West Seneca Town Board presentation by Waterkeeper Project Manager Katherine Winkler

August: Livestreamed public meeting recorded and save on the Town of West Seneca facebook page https://fb.watch/h8wc8dcXar/

Final report expected by end of 2022.

The next phase of the grant has been written to seek funding for the final design, and Waterkeeper hopes to implement the project by 2024 pending funding.