WNED ǀ WBFO Media Contact: Megan M. Wagner
Director of Corporate Communications
WNED ǀ WBFO to Begin Multifaceted Initiative Focusing on Area Waterways
“If Our Water Could Talk” seeking photos of local waterways for television event and website.
BUFFALO, N.Y. – More than 22 percent of the city of Buffalo is water and the region lies within the largest fresh water system in the world. The abundance of fresh water is one of Western New York’s greatest resources. WNED ǀ WBFO Buffalo-Toronto is introducing a multimedia project, “If Our Water Could Talk,” which will go in-depth into our area’s most valuable resource – water.
“Very few cities in our country have the rich waterfront heritage that Buffalo is fortunate to have,” said Donald K. Boswell, WNED ǀ WBFO president and CEO. “The goal of this initiative is to bring vital topics of information and conversation surrounding water resources to the forefront.”
“If Our Water Could Talk” will include a television documentary and additional discussion on WNED-TV airing Monday, May 12 at 9 p.m., radio reports on WBFO-FM 88.7, educational materials, an extensive companion website and community engagement. WNED ǀ WBFO plans in-depth coverage over a period of time about critical water issues including conservation, environmental cleanup, community and public access, commercial and industrial development and economic growth.
“Our water defined our history and it will define our future,” said Jill Jedlicka, executive director of Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper.
WNED ǀ WBFO is currently seeking area water photos from the public to possibly be used in the upcoming television event and on the project website, wned.org/ifourwatercouldtalk. Photos can be submitted through social media using the hashtag #wnywater.
“People love the renaissance,” said Peg Overdorf, executive director of Buffalo River Fest Park, LLC.
“Everybody’s got a new hope for Buffalo and it’s all about water.”
Funding for “If Our Water Could Talk” is provided by HSBC and Honeywell. With additional funding from The Joy Family Foundation and Lawley Insurance.
SUGGESTED SOCIAL MEDIA POSTS/TWEETS:
Twitter: Send your best photos of area waterways for @WNEDTV ǀ @WBFO’s “If Our Water Could Talk!” Use the hashtag #wnywater http://bit.ly/1lhqzNu
Through WNED-TV, ThinkBright and Well/WORLD TV, Classical 94.5 WNED and WBFO-FM 88.7, member-supported WNED ǀ WBFO Buffalo-Toronto provides high quality programming and services to local, regional and national audiences that enlighten, inspire, entertain and educate Western New York and Southern Ontario communities. Additional information about WNED ǀ WBFO can be found at wned.org.