By Mark Kubiniec:
Photo Cred: Richard Dombrowski:
The Scajaquada Creek Spring Clean-Up is on Saturday April 17th, held by the Grant Amherst Business Association and Scajaquada Canoe Club in conjunction with Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper. The clean-up meets at the American Legion Post 1041 on Amherst Street at 9AM. The public, block clubs and all our neighbors are welcome to help us in the cleaning up and redevelopment of Scajaquada Creek and Trail.
This spring we will focus on cleaning up the winter trash and getting graffiti off of the wall at McKinley, near the Delaware Park bikepath and at the Niagara Street Riverwalk connection. There has been an explosion of graffiti recently on public and private property, notably the ‘yers’, ‘OBVIOUS’, ‘CITY’ and “CRATE” tags. When you see someone doing graffiti, call 911.
Also, a gross amount of debris continues to accumulate on the west side of the S-dam in Mirror Lake across from the Japanese Gardens. This mess, at the westerly exit of the underground portion of the Scajaquada, may cause a back-up of the Creek in Forest Lawn Cemetery and create overflows into Hoyt Lake. Community involvement in clean-ups like this helps to illustrate deficiencies and highlight the improvements that must be made to help clean-up our water-ways and parks.
Pollution and vandalism aside, the signs of life in the Creek are encouraging, and it is truly an eye-opening waterfront experience to help along the Scajaquada Trail. Please check it out in person and join in on the clean-up this Saturday. To sign up call Riverkeeper at 716-852-7483.
*Pictures from the collection of the Black Rock Historical Photo project, courtesy of Richard Dombrowski