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WATER. FOR LIFE.

Buffalo Niagara Waterkeeper®

We Protect and Restore our water and surrounding ecosystems for the benefit of current and future generations of Western New Yorkers.

WATER. FOR LIFE.

Buffalo Niagara Waterkeeper®

We PROTECT clean water

We RESTORE the health of ecosystems

We CONNECT people to the water

We INSPIRE economic growth and community engagement

PROTECT

We Protect clean water

Buffalo Niagara Waterkeeper®

We are GUARDIANS of our area’s most essential asset, clean water

RESTORE

We Restore the health of ecosystems

Buffalo Niagara Waterkeeper®

We are PROFESSIONALS dedicated to restoring the health of our water-based ecosystems.

CONNECT

We Connect people to the water

Buffalo Niagara Waterkeeper®

We are CONNECTORS, building partnerships and helping people utilize, understand and appreciate our water assets

INSPIRE

We Inspire economic growth and community engagement

Buffalo Niagara Waterkeeper®

We are CATALYSTS for the economic growth and community engagement fueled by clean, usable water and its surrounding ecosystems

THE HISTORY OF BUFFALO NIAGARA WATERKEEPER

1940s – 1990s

Friends of the Buffalo River

Decades of volunteerism culminates with the incorporation in 1989 as “Friends of the Buffalo River” to ensure Buffalo River clean-up plan is implemented.

State of the Waters and Organization’s Focus

  • Buffalo River declared “dead” in 1967.
  • Area waters begin recovery due to Clean Water Act of 1972, industrial decline and NYS DEC efforts on hazardous waste sites.
  • “Friends” focus on improving environmental health of the Buffalo River, local tributaries and Lake Erie.
  • Efforts on public education, community shoreline clean-ups, municipal assistance, Buffalo River Greenway plan and environmental education.

2000 – 2005

Friends of the Buffalo Niagara Rivers

“Friends” increases its impact in the region, hires first staff, and expands its efforts by becoming “Friends of the Buffalo Niagara Rivers” (FBNR).

State of the Waters and Organization’s Focus

  • Buffalo River recovery becomes stagnant.
  • Niagara River suffering from toxic inputs and loss of habitat, power project relicensing negotiation will determine the impact on the river for the next 50 years.
  • “FBNR” focused on problem solving, forming partnerships and putting projects in motion to improve the environmental health of the Buffalo River, Niagara River and middle watershed.

2005 – 2017

Buffalo Niagara RIVERKEEPER

The organization evolves and expands once again and joins the international Waterkeeper Alliance to become Buffalo Niagara RIVERKEEPER

State of the Waters and Organization’s Focus

  • Establishes a global model for community-led environmental efforts.
  • Fresh Water Problem Solvers – Identify a problem, research and understand it, bring partners together, identify costs and solutions, seek funding, design solutions, implement and construct projects, monitor outcomes and share lessons learned.
  • Reach beyond the boundaries of the watershed to the entire Great Lakes, providing perspectives and expertise to address issues that affect us and everyone in the region.

WATER. FOR LIFE.

Buffalo Niagara WATERKEEPER

State of the Waters and Organization’s Focus

To restore and protect our water and surrounding ecosystems for the benefit of current and future generations.

  • Protect clean water – We are Guardians
  • Restore the health of ecosystems – We are Professionals
  • Connect people to water – We are Connectors
  • Inspire economic growth and community engagement – We are Catalysts
  • Continue to expand our impact throughout the 1440 sq. miles of the Niagara River Watershed, including issues affecting Lake Erie and Lake Ontario.

Project Highlights

Buffalo River Restoration

Addressing  a number of environmental problems affecting the Buffalo River…

Living Shorelines

Living Shorelines

A growing number of communities around the country are employing programs to restore shorelines to their natural form.  The benefits of these naturalized living shorelines are well documented…

Scajaquada Creek

…understanding the hydrologic flow regimes, sediment transport  patterns and resulting habitat conditions within Scajaquada Creek and Forest Lawn Cemetery is crucial to the region’s ability to implement long-term recovery efforts…

Rain Barrels

Help us keep the rain from the drain by setting up a rain barrel today!  Click >> 

Native Plant Guide

Restoring the health of our ecosystem using native plant species when planting…

CSO 60

CSOs are caused by excessive stormwater flowing through a combined sewer system, the release into our waterways causes pollution.  This project seeks to reduce and eventually eliminate overflow events by implementing and evaluating innovative “green” infrastructure applications  in an effort that will capture and infiltrate stormwater on what will be known as the City of Buffalo’s first ‘green streets’.

RECENT NEWS AND UPCOMING EVENTS

EPA Honors Work of Exceptional New York Environmental Leaders

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today honored 17 individuals and organizations from across New York with Environmental Quality Awards for their achievements in protecting public health and the environment. EPA Regional Administrator Judith A. Enck presented...

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Community Discussion – Buffalo's Outer Harbor

Join us for WNED's first public premiere of If Our Water Could Talk followed by a dynamic forum on Buffalo's Outer Harbor! When: Thursday, May 1st: 6:30-8:00 PM at the WNED Studios WNED and Buffalo Niagara Waterkeeper invite you to the first public premiere of "If Our...

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Gill Creek Volunteer Plantings

Are you interested in planting trees and shrubs, collecting native seeds for propagation, or for...
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Fall Hikes

Join us for a Hike this Fall! Explore an area rich in geologic history as we hike down into the...
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Monthly Waterway Cleanup

Join us for this month's #WaterwayCleanup Saturday, September 16th from 10am-12pm. Cleanup sites...
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