Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper, in partnership with Buffalo State College and Erie County Community College, developed a Riverwatch Academy for the training of residents, teachers, students, professionals and community leaders in watershed management and restoration. Academy volunteers participated in restoration pilot projects on three degraded Niagara River tributaries: Buffalo River, Scajaquada Creek and Cayuga Creek. Restoration/enhancement sites included the 14-acre Buffalo River Oxbow wetland, Seneca Bluffs peninsula park, Old Bailey Woods/Bailey Peninsula pocket park, 1 mile of Buffalo River shoreline, 1 mile of Scajaquada Creek shoreline, and 1.5 miles of Cayuga Creek/Little River shoreline. These activities amounted to the restoration of 35 acres of riparian habitat and included management of invasive plant species, planting of native trees, shrubs and forbs of high wildlife value, restoration of aquatic plant species where practicable, and long-term water and habitat quality monitoring.
Buffalo River, Scajaquada Creek and Cayuga Creek in the Niagara River watershed, Niagara and Erie Counties, NY