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CommunityDriven Scajaquada Restoration Plan

In June 2023, Buffalo Niagara Waterkeeper received funding from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to create a community-driven, watershed-wide Scajaquada Creek Restoration Plan.

This plan will serve as a resource for future decision-making by providing a technical overview of the current conditions and projects along the creek. This includes advancing two projects identified from prior engagement/planning projects with the intention that they could be ready for near-term implementation, and identifying additional areas for ecological restoration and revitalization throughout the watershed.
A Scajaquada Creek Restoration Community Advisory Group (CAG) will guide the creation of the restoration plan and ensure the process is as transparent and accessible as possible and is driven by the needs and concerns of those closest to the creek. BNW will also connect the CAG to the other active regional planning processes underway in the Scajaquada Creek corridor. The plan will be completed by June 2026. 
Advisory Group Participation

Do you live, work, or play near Scajaquada Creek? Are you interested in working with your local community and Buffalo Niagara Waterkeeper to help us create a Scajaquada Creek Restoration Plan?

Map created by The Buffalo News

We are looking for members of the community with connections to the following neighborhoods to work with us and join the Scajaquada Creek Restoration Community Advisory Group (CAG)!   

  • Headwaters & Middle section of the creek (Cheektowaga, Depew, & Lancaster)
  • Buried section of the creek (the neighborhoods of Hamlin Park, Trinidad, Cold Spring, Parkside, Leroy, Kensington, Kenfield, Schiller Park, Genesee Moselle, Delevan-Grider, MLK Park, Masten Park, and Kingsley on the east side of Buffalo)
  • Daylight section and mouth of the creek (Forest Lawn Cemetery and area to the west, Elmwood Village, Black Rock and Riverside neighborhoods, Niagara Street community)

Consider filling out an interest form to be a part of the CAG! 

Commitment & Compensation
The CAG meetings and correspondence will be coordinated by BNW staff. CAG members will participate in two meetings per year and stay connected to the group via regular emails and other informal conversations and collaborations. CAG members will provide input and feedback on the progress and draft materials of the Scajaquada Creek Restoration Plan, an outreach plan, and a long-term community engagement plan, committing roughly 20 hours each year. 
CAG members will represent community interests and ideas at CAG meetings and ideally make connections between the restoration planning work and other projects, priorities, and desires to amplify the holistic restoration planning work in their own neighborhoods and networks. The community’s participation in the restoration planning process is invaluable. A stipend of $595/year will be provided to CAG members as a token of our appreciation! 
To Apply
Fill out an Interest Form using the Google form or by downloading the Interest Form below and submitting via email or mail.
Download the Interest Form as a PDF here
Download the Interest Form as a Word document here
Fill out the Interest Form online
Interest Forms can be emailed to Bonnie Majda, Administrative Assistant, 721 Main Street, Buffalo, NY 14203 OR they can be emailed to Bonnie Majda at
Interest Forms must be received by midnight on 12/18/2023
If needed, interviews will be conducted virtually the week of Jan. 10 to Jan. 12, 2024
Members will be notified by 1/15/24.
The first CAG meeting will be the evening of Jan. 25, 2024. *Winter weather date is evening of Feb. 1, 2024
You may also fill out the interest form below.

Download and share the CAG flyers below. There is an English and Spanish poster, click an image to download. 
Upcoming Events

Look out for upcoming engagement events! We’re excited to maintain consistent communication with the community throughout the life of this project. We are looking forward to learning from you and sharing how the project process is moving along. 

In the meantime, check out our Scajaquada Creek Lunch & Learn video series to explore more about the watershed.

Lunch & Learn Video Series
 Past meeting information 

Check back here periodically for presentations, videos, and other information from the community and stakeholder engagement opportunities we will be holding as part of this project. 

Project Partners
BNW recognizes that our work is a small part of the larger work that is happening throughout the Scajaquada Creek corridor, and we understand that it takes more than one person, group, or organization to make a real change. We are partnering with other community members, leaders, and organizations with a footprint in the creek corridor. Our awesome partners include: 
Grassroots Gardens WNY
Black Rock Riverside Alliance
Ms. Ellen Harris-Harvey, President of Trinidad Neighborhood Association
BWELL/Buffalo Women of Environmental Learning and Leadership, Inc.
Buffalo United Front