This article was published in Buffalo Rising on February 6, 2013.
Our water defined our region’s history, and it will define our future. Now a nationally recognized success story utilizing unique and impactful partnerships, Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper has established a new platform for our region - one that is helping drive economic revitalization through restoration of the health and integrity of WNY’s fresh water systems.
Regional economic development planning efforts, combined with the public and private investments now taking hold, have given this community much to celebrate. Educational institutions, medical and health care industries, hotels and lofts are great for the region but do not make us unique. One piece of the economic revitalization puzzle that is underrepresented in the economic planning for our future is the role of WNY’s Blue Economy.