Back in the day, Scajaquada Creek was a thriving, winding waterway, giving much of WNY additional waterfront to enjoy. Over the years it has become polluted and even paved over. Miles of the creek have been buried underground, robbing neighborhoods of their access to water, while other stretches have been too polluted to safely enjoy. It’s time for WNY to take back their waterway!
The good news is there’s an opportunity to reclaim this natural treasure in our community. Buffalo Niagara Waterkeeper is organizing a cleanup program that’s all about helping Scajaquada Creek become a healthy, thriving waterway again.
It’s called the Scajaquada Sweep, and here’s 5 reasons to join:
1. To raise awareness.
Did you know Scajaquada Creek is one of the most polluted waterways in the entire state? Right now, much of it is buried underground or highly impaired.
Scajaquada Creek connects WNY from Lancaster all the way to the City of Buffalo, so it has the opportunity to impact a lot of people and neighborhoods.
2. To improve our water quality.
Clean water is an essential need, and it’s one that will only continue to become more and more valuable. Restoring Scajaquada Creek would help to ensure safer access to improved drinking water.
3. To clean up thousands of pounds of trash to prevent pollution.
Plastic pollution is negatively impacting communities all over the world. One of the best ways to protect our water is by cleaning up our waterways. In the spring, volunteers collected 13,915 pounds of trash and 1,440 pounds of recycling.
4. To create real change.
By supporting initiatives , like this one, you can create real change locally, that also has an impact globally! Since our waterways lead into the Great Lakes, which contain over 20% of the world’s fresh surface water, changes starting at Scajaquada Creek can impact this globally significant fresh water resource. The cleaner our waterways are, the cleaner that drinking water source is for us and for everyone else.
5. Because it’s fun.
This is an opportunity to give back and connect with people and nature! You can join with a group of friends, family members, or coworkers, or you can sign up and meet people along the way.