NY - Scajaquada Creek and the Blue Economy
As part of Buffalo Niagara Waterkeeper’s new awareness campaign for Scajaquada Creek – “Scajaquada September” – the organization held a press conference where they discussed a number of impressive goals, including reconnecting a wetland and floodplain.
Waterkeeper has been working with public and private partners to restore the creek as much as humanly possible, despite the hurdles and roadblocks that the creek continues to face. It’s certainly considered an “upstream battle,” but a battle worth fighting all the same.
To date, upwards of $6 million has been secured for sediment dredging, wetland restoration, and creek rehabilitation. This is especially exciting because Waterkeeper is now able to look at the big picture – the restoration of the entire 13-mile creek corridor.
“Scajaquada Creek remains one of our region’s most historically polluted and altered waterways, impacting iconic cultural resources, and affecting communities and neighborhoods in Lancaster, Depew, Cheektowaga and the City of Buffalo,” said Jill Jedlicka, Waterkeeper’s executive director. “Restoring a waterway does not happen overnight, it takes years, and even decades – to secure the partners, the funding and the political will to achieve this vision. Against all odds, we accomplished what was once deemed impossible for the Buffalo River, and with community voices and support behind us, we can do it again for Scajaquada Creek.”
A decade ago, the plan of restoring the creek was first hatched. Today, we are seeing the fruits of that hard work come to pass, with the impressive stewardship of the creek at Forest Lawn Cemetery (lead image – learn more).
“Forest Lawn is proud to have partnered with Buffalo Niagara Waterkeeper to be a catalyst in the restoration of Scajaquada Creek, starting with the section of the creek that runs through our grounds,” said Charles Kreiner, Jr., Chair of the Forest Lawn Heritage Foundation Board of Directors.