Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper

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Think "Blueway." It is a word you are going to hear a lot in the next year or two, as Buffalo Billion II helps fund a water highway between South Buffalo Charter School and Broderick Park: the historic and industrial Buffalo waterfront.

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A two-year project to improve the ecological quality of a lake in the heart of Niagara Falls, New York, is at its completion, participants said Wednesday.

Several water-related issues were the highlight of a report released today by a Western New York environmental group.


Nearly 51 years ago this week, President Lyndon Johnson spoke in downtown Buffalo about the importance of clean water and the need to save Lake Erie from pollution. Now local advocates are pushing to "Save the EPA."  

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Some of Buffalo’s eco-tourism was on display today as the 12th Annual Paddles Up Niagara drew a record turnout.

A plan to fix outdated water and sewer lines may go to voters in November. Governor Andrew Cuomo is proposing a multi-billion-dollar infrastructure improvement fund as part of his budget plan. The money would also boost water quality programs around the state.

The air along Scajaquada Creek, and some park lakes in Buffalo, should be easier to breathe soon. A restoration project is underway that should help eliminate odor and other problems along the waterway. 

Nick Maxwell, WBFO News

A local environmental group gained international recognition Tuesday. The Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper received the Thiess International Riverprize for its restoration work on the Niagara River and surrounding watershed.

A local organization is in the running for what's billed as "the world's most prestigious environmental award."    

WBFO's Mike Desmond

Scajaquada Creek may flow downhill from Buffalo's eastern suburbs, through the city and eventually to the Niagara River. However, the head of Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper says its condition is moving uphill.

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It’s been decades since Lake Erie was considered dead due to years of industrial pollution. President Lyndon B. Johnson was a powerful force in bringing Lake Erie back to life and changing the fate of the Great Lakes for the better.

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The concept of adding a Waterways Center to the region's waterfront drew dozens to a public meeting Tuesday night.

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Attention is now focused on the level of pollution in the Buffalo's Scajaquada Creek. "It's the only one (waterway) in the entire Niagara River Watershed where it's unfit for aquatic life," said Investigative Post's Dan Telvock during WBFO's Press Pass.

New York state funding has been awarded to help clean up Scajaquada Creek. The Buffalo Sewer Authority will be receiving $1.815 million to restore a section of the creek, its floodplain and its wetlands.

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The largest island on the Niagara River is getting a touch-up along a portion of its shoreline, as a concrete bulkhead will soon be replaced by what partners call a "living shoreline."

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Major renovations are coming to Scajaquada Creek. Two water advocacy groups on Monday announced their plans for an $850,000 to a brownfield that sits between Niagara and Tonawanda streets.


Area shorelines received a facelift as volunteers descended upon 40 area sites for the 30th annual Great Lakes Beach Sweep.

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The Buffalo River was a summer recreation hotspot Thursday, as a cruise boat carried a crowd celebrating 25 years of Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper, a key agency in turning a one-time industrial sewer into a waterway with kayaks, canoes, motorboats and sailboats.

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The dredges are coming again to the Buffalo River, as a ten-year, $100 million project to clean the river winds down.

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Volunteers gathered on area shorelines yesterday as Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper's annual Spring Shoreline Sweep got underway.

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More than 1,000 volunteers will be out in force Saturday morning for the Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper's annual "Spring Shoreline Sweep."

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Rep. Brian Higgins is introducing legislation to protect the Great Lakes from nutrient contamination.

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The University at Buffalo was recently named to the 2014 list of "Best of Green Schools," awarded by the U.S. Green Building Council under the collaboration category. The council recognized UB for work that started almost a decade ago.

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One local agency has taken a comprehensive look at the health of the waterways across much of the Western New York region. WBFO’s Avery Schneider reports.

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Rep. Brian Higgins and Assemblyman Sean Ryan are speaking out against the Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation's proposal for Outer Harbor redevelopment, which calls for a big emphasis on new housing.  

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More cleanup funding is flowing for the Buffalo River. Great Lakes Commission policy director Matt Doss announced a $4.7 million award for shoreline and habitat restoration along the river at Smith Street Park, Monday morning.

For years, environmentalists have warned of the damaging effects of agricultural runoff and sewage overflows into the Great Lakes. The intensity of that warning has increased following last weekend's water crisis near Toledo.

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Boaters are now banned from dumping raw sewage into Lake Erie. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has approved a petition filed by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation.

On a recent, less-than-ideal, Saturday afternoon, some hearty kayakers and fishermen were making full use of the Harlem Road/Buffalo River boat launch site. The scene would not have been imaginable a half-century ago.

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Plans are moving forward to improve public access to an often overlooked section of the Buffalo waterfront. A new micro-park is in the works along the Scajaquada Creek in Black Rock.