Protecting water at its source.

We strive to protect the undeveloped headwater forests and wetlands that serve as a filter for drinking water flowing into Lake Erie, the Niagara River, and Lake Ontario. By preserving this critical acreage, the health of the entire region will be protected for future generations.

It’s imperative that we protect the best of what remains.

What Are the Headwaters?

The source, or headwaters, of a river or stream is the farthest place in that river or stream from its beginning. The upstream region within a watershed and the source water for tributary streams.

Why Is Source Water Protection Important?

The greatest opportunities to preserve our fresh water are available where large areas of intact landscapes remain undisturbed — the headwaters.

As this water travels downstream, through our rivers and streams, towards the Great Lakes, it faces pollutants and barriers. It’s important to protect the area where water is least-impacted first to give it the best chance of maintaining its quality.

Explore the Headwaters

If you want to experience our local headwaters, consider visiting the below locations.

Eighteenmile Creek Park
Beaver Meadow
Erie County Forest
Sprague Brook County Park
Franklin Gulf County Park

We are grateful to the Erie County Parks and Forestry Department for their management and maintenance in these Headwater areas. Thanks to the Buffalo Audobon Society who has been a great steward of Beaver Meadow and the surrounding wetlands that make up that area.

Interested in Supporting the Headwaters?

Subscribe to Headwaters

By joining our email list, you have the option to hear specifically about the headwaters.

Donate to Headwaters

Our goal for this initiative is to protect water at its source.

Other Buffalo Niagara Waterkeeper Initiatives

Education & Engagement

Water Revitalization

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