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Recognizing Buffalo’s Green Infrastructure

It’s kind of hard to imagine what one person, or one business can do to make our regional water sources cleaner. It’s a good thing that we have an organization like Riverkeeper around to hi-light the different green projects throughout the area that might otherwise go unrewarded on days such as World Water Day (tomorrow). Coinciding with the United Nations designated observance, Riverkeeper is unofficially recognizing a green development that happens to be celebrating a grand opening in coming weeks.

On Friday April 9th (5pm-7pm), the public is invited to check out 257 Lafayette Center (corner of Parkdale) – a West Side school building that has been transformed into twenty loft-style apartments, a daycare center and incubator office space equipped with green technology. Even if you can’t make it to the grand opening, be sure to check out the green parking lot and landscaping featured on the Lafayette Side of the apartments. That parking lot is just one way that we can help to keep our rain waters from entering into, and overflowing, our sewer systems. This may be just a drop in the bucket when it comes to keeping pollutants out of our waterways, but the more green projects that continue to surface, the more green resources become available to the community.

On April 17th, Riverkeeper is organizing its Spring Shoreline Sweep. Last year that event drew 1300 volunteers to 37 sites around the region. This is where the individual can get involved and do his or her part to help our waterways. Be sure to sign up on the Facebook event page to keep up with the cleanup details as they are announced.

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