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Saturday: Waterways Cleanup

Next week is Earth Week and you’ll feel better about it and about yourself if you participate in the Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper great waterways cleanup project, this Saturday, April 20, from 9am to noon, followed immediately by a worker appreciation party at the Marcy Casino on Hoyt Lake in Delaware Park. Volunteers of all ages are welcome—small children, of course, accompanied by adult.

Worker teams will cover some 40 different shoreline stretches along waterways throughout Erie and Niagara counties. Pre-registration was solicited but is not required. If you haven’t pre-registered, just show up about 8:30am, ready to work, at the main meeting site, the American Legion Post, 533 Amherst Street, just west of the Wegman’s store. That meeting site covers Scajaquada Creek, from Delaware Park to Niagara Street.

Riverkeeper anticipates more than 2,000 volunteers will participate and clean up some 20 tons of trash and debris. Other teams will cover Hoyt Lake and Scajaquada Creek in the cemetery, along the Niagara River, the Inner and Outer harbors, Buffalo River, Buffalo Creek, and Cazenovia Creek, and waterways north as far as Gill Creek and Cayuga Creek in Niagara Falls, east as far as Cayuga Creek in Lancaster, and south as far as Chestnut Ridge Park.

Event coordinator Chris Murawski said the after-cleanup party would feature “good, healthy food,” music by singer/songwriter Lance Drake, and activities for kids. He said folks from Hawk Creek Wildlife Center would also be on hand, with animals.

Any questions, contact Chris at or 716-852-7483, extension 39.

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