Scajaquada Creek is a historic body of water that flows through heavily developed areas in Lancaster, Depew, Cheektowaga, and Buffalo, NY, before it finally flows into the Niagara River. Because of its high levels of toxins, the creek has been the subject of remediation efforts since 2oo4, with the inception of the Scajaquada Creek Watershed Management Plan. Take a look:
The Niagara River is a source of fresh drinking water for this region of Western New York—the Scajaquada Creek flows untreated, directly into the Niagara River less than a mile downstream. The Niagara River provides drinking water to this region and shares an international border with Canada immediately at the Scajaquada point of attachment as the Black Rock Canal. There are regulations in place locally for the protection of The Great Lakes Watershed, as well as the Niagara River. The Great Lakes Strategy of 2002 was implemented as a result of the declining health of the lakes: “chemical or biological contaminants still limit our ability to eat the fish we catch, prevent us from swimming at our public beaches, and can make us vulnerable to health problems. Natural areas have been degraded, and the diversity of our fish and wildlife populations is increasingly threatened.” (http://scajcreek.net/scaj_watershed_plan2.pdf) Restoring the health of Scajaquada Creek, as a direct tributary to the Niagara River, is an incredibly important issue. Already deemed federally as an “area of concern,” Scajaquada Creek has been heavily contaminated with excess nutrient causing an abundance of algal blooms, botulism from sewer sludge, and toxic levels of PCB’s.