Undeniably, Buffalo’s greatest resource is its abundant fresh water. For a generation, those waters were squandered – as this city grew, fresh water was treated as a way to flush contaminants away from industrial sites, leaving behind a mess that we continue to clean up.
Fortunately, times have changed. Buffalonians are once again using fresh waters for their intended purposes, instead of as a dumping ground. Moving forward, this city will be able to use the rejuvenation of Lake Erie to its benefit, by capitalizing on its inherent life sustaining qualities.
On Tuesday, January 26, Riverkeeper invites us to entertain the concept of Buffalo as a “Waterways Center”. The presentation and discussion will revolve around our fresh water legacy, education, stewardship, eco-tourism, technological innovation, research and recreation.
We have only recently begun it grasp the true potential of the Great Lakes. As this city rebounds, so does the water quality. We are tied to our waters in ways that we still do not comprehend. It’s not a coincidence that the rebirth of Buffalo mirrors the rebirth of our fresh water resources. We cannot have one without the other.
If you would like to participate in this fresh water forum, please register at bnriverkeeper.org/forums.
This Riverkeeper Public Forum is supported by the HSBC Water Programme and the New York State Department of State under Title 11 of the Environmental Protection Fund.
Tuesday January 26, 2016 | 6:00PM – 7:00PM
D!G Innovation Center | 640 Ellicott Street, Buffalo NY