Shipbuilders Creek is an eight square mile watershed east of Rochester, NY, originating in the Town of Penfield, flowing north through the Town of Webster, and discharging to Lake Ontario.
Over the years, the original land use of the watershed has gone from primarily agricultural to a mix of residential and commercial use, including relatively heavy commercialized areas along Empire Boulevard and Ridge Road.
Unfortunately, as the community developed, the value of the Creek as a resource was not always recognized. Sections have been piped, and water quality declined because of pollution from storm runoff.
This project, funded by the New York State Sea Grant, was inspired by the Buckland Creek Restoration project in Brighton, and represents a collaboration of several community partners.