BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB)- A state senator has a plan to preserve and protect Eighteen Mile Creek through southern Erie County.
Senator Marc Panepinto wants to designate the creek “an inland waterway”. He told News 4 the designation would free up state and federal money to make the creek more accessible to vistors. He also believes the money would help maintain the purity of the water.
Eighteen Mile Creek is the second largest tributary in Lake Erie. It runs around Hamburg and opens into the lake near the Town of Evans.
Senator Panepinto introdued the bill in the Senate. He has co-sponsors in the Assembly.
He says lawmakers must do a better job of fighting for clean water and making Lake Erie and the creek more accessible.
Panepinto is calling on Republicans to work with him and put policy over politics.
“It’s a very important designationm” he said. “It would free up federal funds, it would free up money from the Environmental Protection Agency fund. It’s really a no-brainer piece of legislation. The people in Hamburg and in the Southern Tier have been fighting for it for several years.”
Lawmakers only have four weeks left in the session to pass the bill.