NIAGARA FALLS – Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper launched a restoration project for Gill Creek on Tuesday that includes plans to plant 120 new trees and understory vegetation along the shorelines to reduce stormwater run-off into the creek.
The organization is recruiting volunteers to help plant trees from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Oct. 18 along the shoreline. Advance registration is required at www.bnriverkeeper.org/restorecorps or by contacting Wendy Patterson at (716) 852-7483, ext. 26. All supplies will be provided.
Gill Creek runs from the Tuscarora Indian Reservation to the City of Niagara Falls.
A total of $176,000 was provided by the U.S. Forest Service to the Gill Creek project. Trees and shrubs being planted along Gill Creek were donated by the City of Niagara Falls and its Niagara Beautification Commission.
Jill Jedlicka, executive director of Niagara Riverkeepers called shoreline restoration a “critical component in our efforts to protect water quality.”
Rep. Brian Higgins, D-Buffalo, agreed calling the project another proactive step to protect and preserve the Great Lakes, which are the largest supply of fresh water in the world.