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Buffalo Niagara Waterkeeper Inc

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Environment, Water, Water Resources, Wetlands Conservation & Management

Mission: Improve public waterfront access, restore watershed ecology, conserve river heritage, and cultivate river stewardship.

Programs: Buffalo river remedial action plan - remediation strategy of stream water quality monitoring, contaminated bottom sediment assessment and action determination, inaction hazardous water site remediation, point and nonpoint source discharge evaluation, combined sewer and overflow assessment, remedial measure implementation, monitoring, fish and wildlife beneficial use restoration, and habitat protection. Buffalo river restoration - a public-private partnership including the us epa's great lakes national program office, buffalo niagara riverkeeper, inc, honeywell, new york state department of environmental conservation (nysdec),the united states army, the great lakes commission, us forestry service, erie county and noaa. Challenges include contaminated river sediments, poor water quality, a lack of public access, and insufficient fish and wildlife habitat. The partnership brings together resources and expertise to plan comprehensive cleanup of the buffalo river. Its goal is to transform the river into a beneficial environmental, economic, and community resource.

greenways - including the niagara river greenway, buffalo river greenway and niagara street greenways. The organization's goal is to transform these areas into open space that will restore the rich natural and cultural heritage of our lake and river fronts.

riverwatch and rivercare programs - volunteer programs that provide an opportunity for citizens to assist in monitoring waterways, participate in training workshops to improve their understanding on water issues, and the sale of rain barrels as an easy and important way for everyone to conserve water and reduce the amount of pollution being carried into our waterways.

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