Skip to main content

Our Impact Runs Deep 

The work we do at Buffalo Niagara Waterkeeper directly impacts our mission to protect freshwater resources throughout our Great Lakes State.   

The impact we make is vital in protecting freshwater resources throughout our Great Lakes State. Buffalo Niagara Waterkeeper’s advocacy mission is to work with partners, municipalities, and elected officials to ensure the health and protection of New York State’s Great Lakes and shoreline ecosystems.

Our Restoration Projects


Buffalo Niagara Waterkeeper protects freshwater at its source. The greatest opportunities to preserve our freshwater are available where large areas of intact landscapes remain undisturbed – the headwaters.


Scajaquada Creek is a highly impaired waterway encompassing 29 sq miles of land that has suffered the effects of pollution and land use. However, Buffalo Niagara Waterkeeper is working on a transformative vision to help clean up the creek.

Living Shorelines

The need to restore the quality and function of shoreline habitat within our region sparked The Living Shorelines Program where we implement innovative methods to degraded shorelines throughout the entire Niagara River Watershed.

Buffalo River

Greater Niagara Waterkeeper restored and enhanced nearly two miles of shoreline and 20 acres of habitat along the Buffalo River

Gill Creek

Completed, ongoing, and future projects focusing on The Gill Creek and Hyde Park Corridor are not only on track to create environmental benefits but a positive economic impact as well.

Little Beaver Island

Little Beaver Island is where the Niagara River meets the edge of the Grand Island Park, attracting many visitors and requiring some love from Buffalo Niagara Waterkeeper.

Fish Barrier Assessment

This project particularly focuses on improving the range of trout in the habitat, while seizing the opportunity to improve habitat connectivity for all aquatic wildlife.

Cayuga Creek

Permanent protection is underway for Cayuga Creek through a three-phase project aiming to restore the habitat and protect it from future damages.