Published on November 3rd, 2015 | by GrowWNY Intern


Tonawanda Creek Watershed Committee

Meet the member organizations of the Western New York Environmental Alliance! 

Organization Name: Tonawanda Creek Watershed Committee

Mission: Strive to be a successful regional initiative that is a leader in achieving cleaner water, healthier habitat and ecosystem, and economic sustainability.

Vision: We envision preserving, protecting and restoring the Tonawanda Creek watershed to ensure its health, beauty and sustainable uses for generations to come. Our mission is to protect, conserve and restore the quality of Tonawanda Creek and its watershed by planning and managing its ecosystem resources for a sustainable future that enhances the vitality of watershed communities.

Key Achievements:

  • Tonawanda Creek is one of the largest watershed areas in western New York, comprised of 405,606 acres or 648 square miles, and is approximately 101 miles long. It is part of Wyoming, Genesee, Niagara and Erie Counties, and the Tonawanda Seneca Nation.
  • Cultivated land is the largest land use/cover with 45% or 181,280 acres. Forests comprise 27% or 107,741 acres of watershed area. Eleven percent of total watershed acreage, or 44,121 acres are wetlands.

Leadership: Founded by Elizabeth Bentley-Huber

First meeting December 2, 2009

Established Date: 2010

Contact Location:

Genesee County Soil & Water Conservation District, District Technician,

29 Liberty Street, Suite 3, Batavia, NY 14020

Website and social media:

Contact Information:

Significant Organizational Events/Activities:

  • Tonawanda Creek Watershed Map Guide
  • Storm Drain Project
  • Monthly Tonawanda Creek Watershed Committee meeting
  • Kibbe Park Canoe & Kayak Access
  • Tonawanda Creek Watershed Bus Tour

Membership Offered: Yes, no cost. Open to the public. We are a grass roots/ad hoc committee, public is welcomed. Meetings are generally held on the 4th Wednesday evening each month. Locations vary between Erie, Genesee, Niagara and Wyoming Counties.

This membership profile was created by UB Honors Student Shainna Belocura, Fall 2014.


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