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State Legislature designates Eighteen Mile Creek an inland waterway

Eighteen Mile Creek would be eligible for millions of dollars in state and federal waterfront revitalization funds under legislation passed by the State Assembly and Senate.

The bill makes the towns of Hamburg and Evans eligible for state and federal waterfront revitalization funds by designating Eighteen Mile Creek as an inland waterway in New York State.

“Adding Eighteen Mile Creek to the list of designated inland waterways will ensure that this important body of water will be eligible for critical funding, which will be used to help to protect and preserve it for years to come,” Assemblyman Sean Ryan, D-Buffalo, said.

“Eighteen Mile Creek has been a mainstay for recreational activity for decades. Year-round fishermen and families flock to this important body of water,” Sen. Marc Panepinto, D-Buffalo, said.

Eighteen Mile Creek is one of the two largest tributaries to Lake Erie in New York.

It provides more than 13 miles of angling space, with steelhead fishing opportunities from mid-October to early May, small mouth bass fishing in the spring and summer, and salmon and trout fishing year-round. The creek also serves as a run-off for more than 120 square miles of agricultural and residential land.

Both legislators called on Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo to sign the bill.