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Buffalo Niagara WATERKEEPER®  is a community-based nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting the quality and quantity of water, while connecting people to water.  We do this by cleaning up pollution from our waterways, restoring fish and wildlife ha...

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Buffalo Niagara Waterkeeper® is a community-based nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting the quality and quantity of water, while connecting people to water.  We do this by cleaning up pollution from our waterways, restoring fish and wildlife h...

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Buffalo River Watershed

Buffalo River Watershed

The Buffalo River Watershed is located in Western New York and drains an area of 447mi2 .  The majority of the watershed lies in Erie County except for the uppermost reaches which are in Genesee and Wyoming Counties.  Three major tributaries feed i...

Cayuga Creek

Cayuga Creek Reports Watershed Habitat Strategy: Ecological Condition of Gill, Fish and Cayuga Creeks Cayuga Creek Watershed Assessment and Summary Report Buffalo and Cayuga Creek Corridor Restoration Study Final Report Cayuga Creek...
Eighteenmile Creek

Eighteenmile Creek

What is Eighteenmile Creek?  A richly diverse ecosystem, the headwaters of Eighteenmile Creek are a precious resource for our region: they produce, filter, and contribute to local drinking water. Within this creek system, there is a 230-acre community f...

Niagara River

It is the neck through which 4 of the 5 Great Lakes drain. It is a national border. It is a mighty, rushing strait with spectacular Falls. It is an internationally esteemed bird migration corridor. It is a renowned fishery. In the scope of history,...

Outer Harbor

Waterkeeper’s Statement on Revitalization of Buffalo’s Outer Harbor As a Great Lakes city, Buffalo is privileged to have the confluence of Lake Erie, the Buffalo River and the Niagara River at its front door.  Understanding that Buffalo’s future, like i...
Scajaquada Creek

Scajaquada Creek

Current Work Underway Stream Visual Assessment Buffalo Niagara Waterkeeper conducted a stream visual assessment of the entire portion of Scajaquada Creek falling within Forest Lawn Cemetery in August. The effort was conducted in an effort...

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Blue Economy Initiative

Blue Economy Initiative

Our water defined our region’s history, and it will define our future.   Therefore, it is Buffalo Niagara Waterkeeper’s mission to protect water quality and quantity while connecting people to water. Western New York lies at the heart of the ...
Broderick Park

Broderick Park

About this Project Broderick Park is a potential jewel in the City of Buffalo’s park system: located on the southern end of Squaw Island, with primary access from the foot of West Ferry Street, it is steeped in international, national, and local h...
Buffalo River Restoration

Buffalo River Restoration

Buffalo River Restoration Projects A unique public-private partnership, including the U.S. EPA’s Great Lakes National Program Office (GLNPO), Buffalo Niagara WATERKEEPER® (BNW), Honeywell, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (N...
Buffalo River Ecological Restoration Master Plan

Buffalo River Ecological Restoration Master Plan

  The Great Lakes National Program Office (GLNPO) of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has initiated the development of an Ecological Restoration Master Plan (ERMP) for the Buffalo River.  The Buffalo River ERMP is a visionary, ...
Buffalo River Restoration - FAQ

Buffalo River Restoration - FAQ

Download the FAQ Report in PDF format here. Who is working on the cleanup? The Buffalo River Restoration Partnership, also known as the Great Lakes Legacy Act Project Coordination Team, is working on the cleanup of the contaminated sediment...
The Buffalo River Area of Concern

The Buffalo River Area of Concern

Buffalo River Remedial Advisory Committee Buffalo Niagara WATERKEEPER is the Remedial Action Plan coordinator tasked with identifying and implementing projects leading toward delisting, and developing and implementing Monitoring Protocols for the...
Issues Affecting the AOC

Issues Affecting the AOC

Water Quality The Buffalo River currently has a “Class C” designation.  According to NYSDEC, historically, the best use of the Buffalo River has been identified as “fishing, with waters suitable for fish propagation and survival.”  In addition, “water qu...

Technical Documents

Documents Pertaining to the Buffalo River Watershed These documents have been used in the past or are currently being used to assess the conditions/progress of the watershed.  Additional documents may be available upon request to BNR. Documents marked ...
Buffalo River Bacteriological Sampling Data

Buffalo River Bacteriological Sampling Data

2014 Results Click Here for the 2014 Buffalo River Bacteriological Monitoring Report 2013 Results The Citizen Action Team completed our third season of monitoring for Escherichia coli (E. coli) bacteria at three public access sites in the Upper...

Buffalo River Wildlife Survey

A Wildlife Survey of the Lower Buffalo River Area of Concern, Buffalo, Erie County, New York. The primary objective of this project is to develop a baseline assessment of the current abundance, diversity, and relative distribution of three vertebrate...
Green Infrastructure

Green Infrastructure

Green Infrastructure comes in many forms, all of which infiltrate, evaporate or recycle storm water runoff.  Some are complex and expensive, while others are simple and economical.  Nevertheless, all do the important job of conserving our precious r...

Long Term Control Plan

30Buffalo Sewer Authority Announces Plan to Reduce Combined Sewer Overflows Waterkeeper Advocates for Green Infrastructure Solutions to Our Combined Sewer Problem The Buffalo Sewer Authority (BSA) has proposed a Draft Long Term Control Plan...
Solutions Report

Solutions Report

WATERKEEPER addresses sewer overflows with Green Infrastructure Solutions Plan Buffalo is blessed with an abundance of fresh water – one of the world’s most important resources. Unfortunately, two of Buffalo’s principal waterways have suffered such ...
CSO 60 Demonstration Project

CSO 60 Demonstration Project

Project Updates: A recent press event was held to demonstrate the effectiveness of the porous asphalt on Clarendon Street. Water was dumped from a concrete truck to show how much water permeates the surface preventing water from over burdening our...

Greenways

Greenways are strips of undeveloped land near urban areas that are set aside for both recreational use and environmental protection. Greenways can serve as, among other things, riparian buffers , recreational areas like parks, and migration corridors....
Buffalo River Greenway

Buffalo River Greenway

In conjunction with the City of Buffalo, Waterkeeper is developing an implementable action plan to make the Buffalo River Greenway a reality! The Buffalo River Greenway is described in the City of Buffalo Draft Local Waterfront Revitalization Plan...
Niagara River Greenway

Niagara River Greenway

Do your part for clean water and waterfront access  As a united voice we can advocate for policies that will beautify our City, provide solutions for water pollution problems, and help our communities gain access to the waterfront. We need your ...

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Habitat Restoration

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Habitat Restoration Planning

Habitat Restoration Planning

Buffalo River Wildlife Survey Buffalo Niagara Waterkeeper has conducted a wildlife survey for the Buffalo River Area of Concern (AOC) to develop a baseline assessment of the current abundance, diversity, and relative distribution of three vertebrate...

Buffalo and Niagara Rivers Habitat Assessment and Conservation Framework

In the mid-1980s the International Joint Commission listed 42 “Areas of Concern,” severely degraded rivers and harbors across the U.S.-Canada Great lakes basin. These included the lower 6.2 miles of the Buffalo River and the entire Niagara River. The...
Habitat Restoration Projects

Habitat Restoration Projects

Niagara River Riparian Restoration Program The residents who live at the water’s edge along the Niagara and its tributaries have the opportunity to serve as stewards of the local environment, ecologically restoring their riparian lands and serving a...
Habitat Restoration at Seneca Bluffs

Habitat Restoration at Seneca Bluffs

Site Location and History The Seneca Bluffs Natural Habitat Park is located near the Seneca Street Bridge, between Elk Street and Avon Place. It consists of approximately 15 acres of riparian floodplain located in a heavily urbanized area along...
West Seneca Oxbow Wetland Restoration

West Seneca Oxbow Wetland Restoration

Conserving an Oxbow Wetland; Restoring the Buffalo River West Seneca’s oxbow wetland on Buffalo Creek is just a few miles upstream from the industrialized Buffalo River, a Great Lakes “Area of Concern.” Download the map here. As one of only three...
West Seneca Oxbow

West Seneca Oxbow

Conserving an Oxbow Wetland; Restoring the Buffalo River Buffalo River tributaries and their associated floodplains and wetlands in the Town of West Seneca are unique in Erie County because of their relative connectivity and the diversity of habitats...
Niagara River Habitat Conservation Strategy Project Overview

Niagara River Habitat Conservation Strategy Project Overview

Niagara River and Niagara River Greenway Habitat Conservation Strategies Waterkeeper has recently completed two planning efforts that serve as blueprints for habitat restoration and conservation in both the Niagara River watershed and Niagara...

Headwater Forests

Eighteenmile Creek Fish and Wildlife Service Patagonia
Fish Barrier Assessment

Fish Barrier Assessment

Project Introduction Buffalo Niagara Waterkeeper is currently working to identify fish barriers in the Niagara River Watershed, and to prioritize streams and barriers in the headwaters for future restoration efforts. The primary focus of this work ...
Living Shorelines

Living Shorelines

Supporting Healthy Water and Habitat through Restoration of the Watershed’s Living Infrastructure A growing number of communities around the country are employing programs to restore shorelines to their natural form.  The benefits of these naturalized li...
Living Shorelines at Sandy Beach Park Club

Living Shorelines at Sandy Beach Park Club

Buffalo Niagara Waterkeeper recently implemented a Living Shoreline project at the Sandy Beach Park Club, located on the north end of Grand Island. Sandy Beach Park Club is a community membership organization that provides a place for families within...
Living Shorelines - Phase 1 Results

Living Shorelines - Phase 1 Results

Phase 1 of the Living Shorelines Program (2009-2012), funded by the Greenway Ecological Standing Committee, focused on providing technical assistance to riparian landowners within the Greenway.  Project components included small scale riparian plantings, ...
Native Niagara: Ready! Set! Grow!

Native Niagara: Ready! Set! Grow!

Through our Native Niagara program, Waterkeeper is furthering habitat conservation by collecting seeds of native plant species for propagation and planting in the watershed. This project improves wildlife habitat by encouraging the growth of native genotypes...

Addressing Invasive Species - Online Resources

Invasive plant species are a threat to the ecological integrity of the Niagara River watershed. They cause or contribute to: Habitat degradation and loss Disruption of natural ecological processes The loss of native fish, wildlife and tree...

RFP for Invasive Species Treatment Supporting Documents

Please click on each link to view PDF. Existing Conditions Report for Toe of Katherine Street Peninsula Existing Conditions Report for Buffalo Color Existing Conditions Report for Ohio Street Boat Launch and Old Bailey Woods
Native Plant Guide

Native Plant Guide

One of the most effective ways of restoring the health of our ecosystem is for property owners to use native plant species when planting gardens and landscaping. As part of our Living Shorelines program, Buffalo Niagara Waterkeeper has prepared a native...
Scajaquada Creek: Addressing Shoreline Stability and Hydraulic Impacts on Infrastructure

Scajaquada Creek: Addressing Shoreline Stability and Hydraulic Impacts on Infrastructure

In 2013, Buffalo Niagara Waterkeeper (Waterkeeper) undertook an effort to support the Forest Lawn Heritage Foundation in their investigation of capital improvements to existing bridges, abutments and retaining walls (herein referred to as infrastructure)...
Public Health and Environmental Justice

Public Health and Environmental Justice

The Public Health and Environmental Justice Team at Buffalo Niagara WATERKEEPER works to educate residents of Western New York on the risks of eating polluted fish from local waterways through outreach and events. In partnership with Jericho Road Ministries...

GET INVOLVED

There are many exciting and fulfilling opportunities to get involved at Buffalo Niagara Waterkeeper. Volunteering your time is an excellent way to become more active in your community while expanding your knowledge and skills, meeting new people, and m...

Shoreline Sweep Frequently Asked Questions

Are there restrictions on who can join the Spring Shoreline Sweep? No.  Anyone can join the Sweep, but those under 18-years-old will need to be supervised by a parent or guardian.  For groups with those under 18-years-old, we prefer a 5:1 student v...
Rain Barrels

Rain Barrels

Rain Barrels are an important way for residents of Buffalo, Erie, and Niagara counties to conserve water and reduce the amount of polluted runoff entering our streams, creeks, rivers, and lakes. Rain Barrels are considered a type of green infrastructure ...

Glossary

  Combined Sewer System – a sewer system that collect waste water and storm water in a single pipe. In sustained periods of wet weather, they can quickly become inundated and are forced to overflow untreated into an adjacent water body. Eutrophication –...
Water Academy

Water Academy

Water Academy is a college-level course designed to introduce the community to environmental issues and proactive solutions currently being implemented in the Niagara River watershed. This program builds upon the success of Buffalo Niagara Waterkeeper’s R...
Young Environmental Leaders Program

Young Environmental Leaders Program

In 2014 Buffalo Niagara Waterkeeper® in partnership with the Buffalo Public Schools launched a pilot educational program for high school students residing in under-served communities. The Young Environmental Leaders Program (YELP) provides a unique opp...

Internship Opportunities

Buffalo Niagara WATERKEEPER is a community-based organization dedicated to protecting the quality and quantity of water, while connecting people to water. We do this by cleaning up pollution from our waterways, restoring fish and wildlife habitat,...

River Tours Frequently Asked Questions

Who can participate on a tour? Participants under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Kayak Tour  - All participants for a kayak tour must be 12-years-old or older. Participants under the age of 16 must ride in a tandem kayak with a...