Buffalo Niagara Waterkeeper works to identify water quality threats and improve water quality in Western New York.
Our long-standing water quality monitoring program, Riverwatch, and other staff led water quality data collection efforts provides a regular stream of data and information allowing us to maintain a strong understanding of our local waterways conditions and threats. This data is used to educate volunteers, community members, and elected officials and advocate for water quality improvements.
Water Quality Data Collection Efforts
Niagara River Watershed Water Quality Data
Riverwatch volunteers collect baseline water quality data each year at sites throughout the Niagara River Watershed. Explore the data collected, as well as locations of Combined Sewer Outfalls and more on the map below. Click ‘Show map details’ for symbol descriptions. Use the + and – symbols in the bottom right corner of the map to zoom in and out. Click on a symbol for more information. Here is a direct link to the map, too.
Accidental releases of hazardous materials have the potential to endanger public health and contaminate groundwater, surface water, and soils.
The Riverwatch report is an educational tool providing information about water quality in the Western New York region. Included in this report:
Baseline water quality data collected by citizen scientists
Bacteria data collected
Information regarding ongoing and emerging sources of pollution
Solutions to ongoing pollution
Ways to get involved with Waterkeeper to help further our mission