Scajaquada among state’s unhealthiest creeks

The state Department of Environmental Conservation’s National Heritage Program released new data that shows Scajaquada Creek is part of a series of connecting streams and rivers that ranks 11th unhealthiest in the state.

The designation might help bring additional funding for clean up. Both Cheektowaga and the Buffalo Sewer Authority will spend in total more than $140 million to upgrade sewer systems that pollute the creek. The sewer systems in these two localities spew a half-billion gallons of sewage into Scajaquada Creek each year.

For Cheektowaga, it will take about a decade to complete the sewer repairs and a few years more for Buffalo to significantly reduce, but not eliminate, sewer overflows into the creek.