Polluted Scajaquada Creek being dredged

Crews began dredging one of the most polluted sections of the Scajaquada Creek, near Hoyt Lake, after reports by WGRZ and Investigative Post on its polluted state.

BUFFALO, N.Y.-- After years of reporting from 2 On Your Side with our partners at Investigative Post, more action is being taken to clean up the polluted Scajaquada Creek.

Tuesday morning, crews were out dredging one of the most polluted sections of the creek, near Hoyt Lake.

Environmental reporter Dan Telvock reported back in 2014, that millions of gallons of sewage, mixed with dirty storm water, was flowing into the creek every year.

"I think our reporting with efforts by the Riverkeeper were the catalysts for getting this done," Telvock said. "There's no doubt about it. Our reporting three years ago, when we found all the dead ducks, and the dying mother duck shocked a lot of people, including me. I think anyone that saw that couldn't ignore this problem anymore, so this is really historic."

A $2.8 million grant, funded mostly by the state, will pay for the project. The work includes restoring wetlands and landscaping, and will stretch from Main Street in Forest Lawn cemetery to Elmwood Avenue behind the history museum.

Everything is scheduled to be completed by the end of this year. 

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