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State funds Scajaquada Creek cleanup

New York state funding has been awarded to help clean up Scajaquada Creek. The Buffalo Sewer Authority will be receiving $1.815 million to restore a section of the creek, its floodplain and its wetlands. Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper executive director Jill Jedlicka says the project will primarily be through Forest Lawn Cemetery and sections of the creek around Hoyt Lake in Delaware Park.

"Here we are looking at hundred years worth of alterations that can't be changed overnight. But we can start to make steps, one at a time, to address and tackle each of these problems. The priority and the opportunity for us right now, collectively as a community, and what the City of Buffalo is taking the lead on, is addressing the Main Street to Elmwood section," said Jedlicka.

The state also awarded the Town of Cheektowaga $80,000 to evaluate solutions to sewer overflows in Scajaquada Creek in the northern part of the town.