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Scajaquada September

A Month-Long Appreciation of Scajaquada Creek.

Buffalo Niagara Waterkeeper dedicates the month of September to recognize the history and promote the vision of restoration for Scajaquada Creek.

[Information on this page is from our 2023 Scajaquada September. Bookmark this page and check back closer to July to see what we have planned for September 2024]
Waterkeeper’s vision is based upon the belief that water is the common thread which binds together community, economy, and ecology.
Today, Scajaquada Creek is a highly impaired waterway. However, the Creek is very important to the fabric of our community and the potential for a restored, healthy, and thriving Scajaquada is possible. Through patience, partnership, and perseverance, Western New Yorkers came together as a community to restore the Buffalo River; we can do it again for Scajaquada Creek.
There are many ways to get involved throughout the month. Explore the current schedule below, and check back soon for additional details and registration links for some of the events.

Scavenger Hunt
Sept. 30  |  Noon – 3 p.m.

It’s back! The Scajaquada Scavenger Hunt returns to take teams to various points along the creek while solving trivia or certain tasks. The first 100 registrants will get to join us for a post-party at Buffalo Cider Hall. 

Location: Around Scajaquada Creek Watershed

Restore Scajaquada

Help strengthen and restore the shorelines of Scajaquada Creek in Forest Lawn Cemetery. Volunteer your time and help Buffalo Niagara Waterkeeper with plantings to enhance the shoreline within the cemetery.  

Location: Forest Lawn Cemetery

Borderland Festival
Sept. 15 – 17

Find Buffalo Niagara Waterkeeper at the Borderland Music + Arts Festival! Be sure to stop by our table for fun & prizes. Purchase an eco-band online or at the festival to support clean water protection in WNY and get entered on-site to win a VIP upgrade or VIP for 2024! See you there!

Location: Knox Farm State Park, East Aurora

Share Your Scajaquada Vision
Sept. 21  |  4:30 – 7:30 p.m.

We want to hear from YOU! Find Buffalo Niagara Waterkeeper at the Walden Galleria Mall to share your vision for the future of Scajaquada Creek. Partake in a community art project, speak with Waterkeeper staff about the Creek, and have your voice heard.

Location: Walden Galleria Mall | Near the Apple Store

Lunch & Learn #1

We hosted our first virtual Lunch and Learn on Aug. 31 with Buffalo Niagara Waterkeeper Executive Director Jill Jedlicka to give an inside scoop on all things Scajaquada and all that’s to come this Scajaquada September. For those who missed it, click below to watch the video, and stick around for the Q&A session at the end. 

Lunch and Learn #2 

This Zoom meeting was held Sept. 12 and gave a better understanding of all that we have planned in restoring Scajaquada Creek for this year and the years to come. View a recording of it below. 

Lunch & Learn #3

During this webinar, we were joined by members of three local organizations that have a connection to Scajaquada Creek. This included:
-The Black Rock Riverside Alliance
-Grassroots Gardens WNY
-BeWell (Buffalo Women of Environmental Learning & Leadership)

Lunch & Learn #4

Did you know Scajaquada Creek is 13 miles long and begins in Lancaster? Did you know there are sections of it buried, including under the Walden Galleria Mall? To showcase what we and others are trying to restore, we have drone footage that starts at the headwaters of the creek and continues right to the mouth at Niagara River. Join us for this Zoom session where we’ll showcase drone footage and talk about what is being viewed along the way. 

Prior 2023 Scajaquada September Events

Slow Roll
Aug. 21 

Join Buffalo Niagara Waterkeeper alongside Slow Roll Buffalo & the Trinidad Neighborhood Association for a ride on top of Scajaquada Creek! Yes, you read that right.  

Slow Roll Buffalo will lead us on a ride hosted by the Trinidad Neighborhood Association with the goal of connecting communities to their creek and to each other. Riders will travel through the neighborhoods divided by the 198 & 33 expressways and there will be stops significant to Scajaquada Creek. 

Location: Trinidad Park

Scajaquada Sweep
Sept. 7

Make an immediate impact by volunteering to help clean up Scajaquada Creek! Join Buffalo Niagara Waterkeeper along the Jesse Kregal Pathway to help us prevent over 600 pounds of litter from entering Scajaquada Creek. Volunteers can make their impact go even further by helping us collect data on the items found! 

Location: Jesse Kregal Pathway

Solo Sweep Open House
Sept. 9  | 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Stop by our office to pick up a Solo Sweep Kit for Scajaquada September and learn about how litter data collection can help reduce plastic pollution. The Solo Sweep Kit can be used all year long to help keep places like Scajaquada Creek clean. And someone from Beyond Plastics will be here to explain New York’s Packaging Reduction and Recycling Act.

Location: 721 Main St., Buffalo (BNW Headquarters)