Citizen Science Community Resources

Empowering people to change our planet.

Welcome to Citizen Science Community Resources

Citizen Science Community Resources (CSCR) is a grassroots organization in Western New York dedicated to science-based activism for winning environmental health and justice campaigns. Teaching others through our example, Winning at Tonawanda Coke Corp., we empower people to investigate their air, soil, or water and use the power of scientific data to create healthier communities and a more just society. Citizen science is the practice of public participation and collaboration in scientific research to increase scientific knowledge.

NYS Department of Health to Conduct Bio-Monitoring Study
CSCR Members at EPA
Citizen Scientists Test Soil Outside Tonawanda Coke
Students Test Soil on Grand Island, Summer 2014
Tonawanda Bucket Brigade

Latest News: Tonawanda Coke Soil Study is Underway. Come to one of our community meetings to learn more.


Background: In March 2013, Tonawanda Coke was convicted on 11 counts of violating the Clean Air Act for releasing coke oven gas containing enormous amounts of benzene and other toxins into the air. They were also convicted on three counts of violating the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act for polluting the ground with dangerous coal tar sludge.  As part of the their sentence, the U.S. Department of Justice released (Sept. 2016) $5.5 million to study how Tonawanda Coke potentially poisoned our community. In total, the company is funding the $11mil health study (University at Buffalo) and our $711,000 soil study.  


Come to Our Next Meeting, here are some dates and locations:

May 18th: River Rd Fire Hall 39 Kaufman Ave, Tonawanda, NY 14150, 6-7:30pm

June 5th: Sheridan Parkside Community Center, 169 Sheridan Parkside Dr. Tonwanda, NY 14150, 6-7:30pm

June 15th: Grand Island Town Hall, 2255 Baseline Rd, Grand Island, NY 14072, 6-7:30pm

Additionally, On March 30th, 2017, we held a large community meeting in conjunction with Town of Tonawanda Supervisor Joe Emminger, University at Buffalo, and SUNY Fredonia   Check out The Buffalo News article. or Check out the presentation and FAQ sheet.

Do you have a passion for the environment, and making our community a better place to live, work, and play?  Then contact us to have your yard tested, to learn more or to find out how you can become a Citizen Scientist !

The Power of a Few: Citizens Use Science to Stop Illegal Polluter.  In 2003, Jackie James-Creedon was diagnosed with fibromyalgia, a painful neuromuscular disorder.  In the same year she met Adele Henderson, another ill-affected community member. They suspected their health problems and diminished quality of life were most likely linked to polluted air continually emitted from the many local factories.  Joined by two others, Bob Hirsch and Tim Logsdon, in 2004 they formed the Clean Air Coalition of Western New York (CACWNY). When they found that little scientific research had been conducted concerning their neighborhood, they went to work and did their own. In 2005, they formed a Bucket Brigade and used a 5 gallon bucket from Home Depot, plastic baggies and a hand-held vacuum to test their air.  [Read More...]

Soil Study Results

Check out the latest soil test results from our on going soil sampling and testing project in the Tonawanda's and Grand Island, NY

View the Director's Blog

On September 30, 2014,  CSCR director, Jackie James Creedon, was cited with honors by the US Environmental Protection Agency by receiving the Environmental Quality Award for her leadership and citizen science work in the fight against clean air violations at a foundry coke manufacturer, Tonawanda Coke Corp. (just north of Buffalo, NY).  In her blog, she writes of her personal experiences and struggles working as an environmental activist in her home town, Tonawanda, NY, while coping with a chronic illness. 

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