Helping document creek’s history

As many around Fredonia and Chautauqua County realize, Canadaway is more than just a creek. It is a true natural treasure that many benefit from in terms of nature and fishing.

That being said, there has been little documented about the important tributary and its past. Alberto Rey, State University of New York at Fredonia distinguished professor of drawing and painting and well known fly fisherman, is currently in the process of piecing together information for a book on the creek. The effort also includes other university faculty and students from the departments of biology, curriculum instruction and visual arts.

“I have a real affinity for the creek,” Rey said in the Sunday OBSERVER. “I’ve walked the creek a lot; I’ve fished it for years and am continually drawn to its beauty. I think it’s really important for present and future generations to have a better understanding of the creek in order to protect it down the road.”

But the project needs community support in terms of information, artifacts and historical photos. Residents who would like to contribute to the work can reach out to him at — Rey’s preference — or by phone at 410-7003.