Buffalo Niagara Waterkeeper

Buffalo Niagara Waterkeeper has restored and protected Western New York's fresh waterways and surrounding ecosystems.

For the past 30 years, Buffalo Niagara Waterkeeper has been the guardian of Western New York’s fresh water. Their mission is four-fold:  protecting the water, restore both the waterways and the surrounding ecosystems, connect people to their waterways, and inspire both economic activity along the waterways and community engagement.

In the late 60s, the Buffalo River was officially declared dead. Fast forward to 1989, with not a lot of improvement, and Friends of the Buffalo River is formed. Buffalo Niagara Waterkeeper has worked tirelessly for the last three decades, and with many partners, to bring the Buffalo River back to life. It’s a tremendous, largely untold success story that played a large part in the city’s resurgence and renaissance in recent years. The story of the Buffalo River is a tale of caution, determination, hope and resurgence, and their mission going forward is to work to achieve the same successes on other waterways, as well, in addition to protecting Buffalo headwaters throughout the watershed.

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