The Western New York Land Conservancy has been awarded one of 10 national Environmental Protection Agency grants for a watershed demonstration project on Eighteen Mile Creek in southwestern Erie County.
The $41,000 grant will help provide watershed information, land-protection legal strategies and stewardship options to the local governments and private landowners along the creek and its tributaries.
The watershed covers 118 square miles in the towns of Concord, North Collins, Evans, Hamburg, Orchard Park, Colden, Boston and Eden.
The conservancy said it chose this watershed because it still is in relatively good ecological condition and will not require extensive remedial work. It also drains areas where development is increasing, so the conservancy, which is dedicated to preserving open space, wants to encourage sound stewardship now.