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Leverage Funding for Community Impact

The passage of the Environmental Bond Act and other historic levels of funding offer a once in a generation opportunity to bring significant resources to the WNY region in order to benefit the health and integrity of waterways in New York’s two Great Lakes.

Bond Act Passage

New York’s Environmental Bond Act of 2022

Along with the  Environmental Bond Act, historic levels of funding are coming through the Environmental Protection Fund, the Federal Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, and other statewide infrastructure proposals. The passing of the Bond Act will improve water quality, reduce air pollution, modernize water, wastewater, and transportation infrastructure, and protect communities from extreme heat, flooding, and drought. The Bond Act aims to protect the health, safety, and prosperity of all New Yorkers.

Watershed 101 Planning

Educating local municipal leaders is essential to ID opportunities to direct funding to this region. We created two educational videos for the Lake Erie Watershed Protection Alliance (LEWPA).

Designed with Supervisors and Mayors in mind, this gives an overview of watershed principles suitable for anyone in municipal or regional government. The video provides basic information about what a watershed is, how our actions affect our watershed, and what we can do to protect the health of our watershed. There’s also information about local entities that provide related assistance. (Approximately 20 minutes)

Watershed 101 for Planning, Zoning, and Town Boards 

This video begins like the Watershed 101 Overview video but describes tools that board members can use to address water quality issues. The video touches on common land uses and how they impact stormwater runoff and flooding and various planning tools that can be used to protect our water resources. There’s also information about local entities that provide assistance. (Approximately 20 minutes)

Waterkeeper Ecological Programs & Custom Services
Other Advocacy Focus Areas

NY Is a Great Lakes State

Climate and Coastal Resiliency

Reduce Contamination of Great Lakes Waterways