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Buffalo as a “Waterways Center”

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

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

Written by queenseyes


Newell Nussbaumer is 'queenseyes' - Eyes of the Queen City and Founder of Buffalo Rising. Co-founder Elmwood Avenue Festival of the Arts. Co-founder Powder Keg Festival that built the world's largest ice maze (Guinness Book of World Records). Instigator behind Emerald Beach at the Erie Basin Marina. Co-created Flurrious! winter festival. Co-creator of Rusty Chain Beer. Instigator behind Saturday Artisan Market (SAM) at Canalside, Buffalo Porchfest, and Paint vs. Paint. Founder of The Peddler retro and vintage market on Elmwood. Instigator behind Liberty Hound @ Canalside. Throws The Witches Ball at Statler City, the Hertel Alley Street Art Festival, and The Flutterby Festival.

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