Riverworks

Buffalo, New York

Buffalo RiverWorks might best be known as the place with the massive grain elevators painted to resemble a six-pack of beer visible from cruising altitude. RiverWorks is constructed in the footprint and ruins of the former grain silos, a reminder of Buffalo’s strong industrial heritage. This brewery, restaurant, sports, leisure, adventure and entertainment complex has become a one-of-a-kind destination along Buffalo’s waterfront.

You can rent a kayak, stand up paddleboard and hop on the Buffalo CycleBoat or Buffalo Tiki Tour. There is a free public launch, part of the Buffalo Blueway and free kayak racks to use.

COVID-19

Keep your distance from other people.

Practicing social distancing is essential right now. Follow the advice of the health experts. If your community has asked that you remain indoors and away from others, do so. Heading to the beach should only be considered an option if social distancing practices can be followed. Spending a day in any crowded place is the worst thing we can do for our most vulnerable right now and will counter the efforts to curb the virus’ spread.

For more information, please visit the World Health Organization public resource on COVID-19.

Water Quality
  • Met water quality standards less than 60% of the time

  • Historical Status
  • This status is based on the latest sample, taken on May 18th, 2020. Buffalo Niagara Waterkeeper updates the status of this beach as soon as test results become available. These results were posted to Swim Guide on May 20th, 2020 at 9:41 AM.
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Monitoring Frequency

Riverworks is sampled monthly from May 10th from September 10th.

Source Information

Buffalo Niagara Waterkeeper® protects and restores our water and surrounding ecosystems for the benefit of current and future generations. We protect clean water. We restore the health of ecosystems. We connect people to water. We inspire economic growth and community engagement.

During the summer months Waterkeeper staff works with high schools students who are a part of our Young Environmental Leaders Program (YELP). For more information about this program visit our website: http://bnwaterkeeper.org/yelp/Waterkeeper and YELP students collect water samples from several public access locations within the city limits of Buffalo, NY. These are locations where the public often makes contact with the water either through swimming, kayaking or boating. These locations are also near combined sewage overflow (CSO) outfalls. Sites are monitored once a week on Mondays in July and August. Samples will be processed in house using Coliscan Easygel. Results are typically available after 48 hours. Results are compared to the US EPA Beach Action Value of 235 E. coli / 100 mL for a single sample.These locations are given a "Green" when a single sample is below 235 E. coli / 100 mL.These locations are posted "Red" when a single sample exceeds 235 E. coli / 100 mL.A location may also be posted "Grey" to indicate that water quality information is too old (more than 7 days old) to be considered current, or that info is unavailable, or unreliable (often due to changes in weather).Waterkeeper also tests basic water quality parameters as part of their Citizen Science Program, Riverwatch, from May through November. To learn more or to view the most recent water quality report visit our website: https://bnwaterkeeper.org/water-quality-testing/

Water Quality Graph

Riverworks

Buffalo, New York

COVID-19

Keep your distance from other people.

Practicing social distancing is essential right now. Follow the advice of the health experts. If your community has asked that you remain indoors and away from others, do so. Heading to the beach should only be considered an option if social distancing practices can be followed. Spending a day in any crowded place is the worst thing we can do for our most vulnerable right now and will counter the efforts to curb the virus’ spread.

For more information, please visit the World Health Organization public resource on COVID-19.

Water Quality
  • Met water quality standards less than 60% of the time
  • Historical Status
  • This status is based on the latest sample, taken on May 18th, 2020. Buffalo Niagara Waterkeeper updates the status of this beach as soon as test results become available. These results were posted to Swim Guide on May 20th, 2020 at 9:41 AM.
For water quality icon legend, click:  

Buffalo RiverWorks might best be known as the place with the massive grain elevators painted to resemble a six-pack of beer visible from cruising altitude. RiverWorks is constructed in the footprint and ruins of the former grain silos, a reminder of Buffalo’s strong industrial heritage. This brewery, restaurant, sports, leisure, adventure and entertainment complex has become a one-of-a-kind destination along Buffalo’s waterfront.

You can rent a kayak, stand up paddleboard and hop on the Buffalo CycleBoat or Buffalo Tiki Tour. There is a free public launch, part of the Buffalo Blueway and free kayak racks to use.

Monitoring Frequency

Riverworks is sampled monthly from May 10th from September 10th.

Source Information

Buffalo Niagara Waterkeeper® protects and restores our water and surrounding ecosystems for the benefit of current and future generations. We protect clean water. We restore the health of ecosystems. We connect people to water. We inspire economic growth and community engagement.

During the summer months Waterkeeper staff works with high schools students who are a part of our Young Environmental Leaders Program (YELP). For more information about this program visit our website: http://bnwaterkeeper.org/yelp/Waterkeeper and YELP students collect water samples from several public access locations within the city limits of Buffalo, NY. These are locations where the public often makes contact with the water either through swimming, kayaking or boating. These locations are also near combined sewage overflow (CSO) outfalls. Sites are monitored once a week on Mondays in July and August. Samples will be processed in house using Coliscan Easygel. Results are typically available after 48 hours. Results are compared to the US EPA Beach Action Value of 235 E. coli / 100 mL for a single sample.These locations are given a "Green" when a single sample is below 235 E. coli / 100 mL.These locations are posted "Red" when a single sample exceeds 235 E. coli / 100 mL.A location may also be posted "Grey" to indicate that water quality information is too old (more than 7 days old) to be considered current, or that info is unavailable, or unreliable (often due to changes in weather).Waterkeeper also tests basic water quality parameters as part of their Citizen Science Program, Riverwatch, from May through November. To learn more or to view the most recent water quality report visit our website: https://bnwaterkeeper.org/water-quality-testing/

Water Quality Graph

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Buffalo, New York
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