Environment

Environment
5:10 am
Mon April 27, 2015

Buffalo River dredging project continues

A cleaner Buffalo River glistens on a recent spring afternoon.
Credit Mike Desmond/wbfo news

The dredges are coming again to the Buffalo River, as a ten-year, $100 million project to clean the river winds down.

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Environment
5:00 am
Mon April 27, 2015

Erie County announces waste dropoff dates

Erie County residents will soon have two opportunities to safely and legally get rid of some unwanted household items.

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Environment
12:47 pm
Wed April 22, 2015

Fish stocking effort aims to encourage inland angling

State environmental conservation and Erie County parks officials marked Earth Day by releasing thousands of fish into Cayuga Creek. At Como Lake Park, the creek was being stocked and officials were promoting fishing at inland waterways.

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Environment
9:56 am
Wed April 22, 2015

Earth Day 2015: Climate change and nature selfies

The EPA is encourage you to post a #NatureSelfie on social media today for Earth Day.
Credit Courtesy of EPA.Gov

Climate change and nature selfies are among the hot topics as we celebrate Earth Day today.

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Environment
7:57 am
Wed April 22, 2015

Earth Day through the eyes of local residents

Earth Day focuses on global environmental issues.
Credit New York State Senate

The first Earth Day was held in 1970 as a way to boost awareness of global environmental issues. But what does Earth Day mean to the average Western New Yorker?

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Environment
1:03 pm
Tue April 21, 2015

Protecting the Great Lakes from nutrient pollution

Lake Erie along Buffalo's Outer Harbor.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

Rep. Brian Higgins is introducing legislation to protect the Great Lakes from nutrient contamination.

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Environment
4:50 am
Tue April 21, 2015

Study finds plastic microbeads are entering waterways

Microbeads are commonly found in consumer products found on store shelves.
Credit File photo

A new form of plastic pollution is showing up in waterways across New York. A study released by the office of state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman found microbeads in three-quarters of the samples collected from wastewater treatment plants statewide.

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Manhattan Project Waste
3:58 pm
Mon January 5, 2015

Schumer demands action on Tonawanda Landfill radioactive waste

US Senator Charles Schumer (left) greets local officials near Tonawanda Landfill.
Credit Photo by Mark Scott / WBFO News

US Senator Charles Schumer is calling on federal officials to expedite a long-awaited report on the potential threat posed by radioactive waste underneath the Tonawanda Landfill off Military Road.

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Environment
2:17 pm
Thu December 18, 2014

Renewable energy projects to begin on West Side

PUSH Buffalo Executive Director Aaron Bartley, Senator Tim Kennedy, Assemblyman Sean Ryan, Buffalo Common Councilmember David Rivera announce the renewable energy funds.
Credit Ashley Hirtzel / WBFO

PUSH Buffalo announced three renewable energy projects on the city’s West Side Thursday. The New York Regional Economic Development Council awarded $902,980 for the projects from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority.

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Environment
4:33 pm
Mon December 15, 2014

Ice boom returns to Lake Erie

Niagara River Ice Boom
Credit NASA.gov

Crews from the New York State Power Authority and Ontario Power Generation will begin to install the Ice Boom Monday. Buffalo District Chief of Water Management Keith Koralewski says the ice boom has been a standard on Lake Erie over the winter since 1964.

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New initiative identifies best and worst waterways
8:02 am
Fri December 5, 2014

"Healthy Niagara" initiative identifies best and worst of area waterways

Sub-watersheds of the Niagara River Watershed
Credit Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper / WBFO News

One local agency has taken a comprehensive look at the health of the waterways across much of the Western New York region. WBFO’s Avery Schneider reports.

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USACE plans to redevelop Squaw Island ecosystem
6:00 am
Fri October 24, 2014

Army Corps proposes dredge recycling to redevelop Squaw Island ecosystem

Existing Squaw Island North Pond Site
Credit U.S. Army Corps of Engineers / WBFO News

Squaw Island State Park on Buffalo’s West side could be the site of some natural recycling.

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Environment
4:42 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

Legislature blocks reopening of Amigone crematory

Credit File photo

Erie County legislators on Thursday blocked the reopening of a controversial crematory on Sheridan Drive in the Town of Tonawanda.


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Environment
6:00 am
Fri October 10, 2014

County panel votes to keep Tonawanda crematory closed

Tonawanda residents address the Government Affairs Committee of the Erie County Legislature.
Credit Ashley Hirtzel / WBFO

Opponents of a plan to reopen a crematory in Tonawanda received a boost from a County Legislature panel Thursday. The Government Affairs Committee recommended revoking Amigone Funeral Home’s status as cemetery land, which is needed to operate a crematory out of its Sheridan Drive site.

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Environment
1:18 pm
Wed October 1, 2014

Delaware Park named one of America's 'Great Places'

Mayor Byron Brown joined by APA Director Angela Keppel and Olmsted Parks Conservancy President Thomas Herrera-Mishler
Credit Ashley Hirtzel / WBFO

The American Planning Association has designated Delaware Park as one of the ‘Great Places in America’ for 2014.

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Environment
8:30 am
Wed October 1, 2014

Scenic overlook unveiled in Aurora

Mill Road Scenic Overlook located between Sweet Road and Blakely Road in the Town of Aurora
WBFO

The long-awaited Mill Road Scenic Overlook between Sweet Road and Blakeley Road in the Town of Aurora was unveiled Tuesday. $650,000 in donations was raised to preserve the property for public enjoyment and wildlife.

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Environment
2:56 pm
Mon September 29, 2014

Buffalo River cleanup continues

Credit Chris Caya/WBFO News

More cleanup funding is flowing for the Buffalo River. Great Lakes Commission policy director Matt Doss announced a $4.7 million award for shoreline and habitat restoration along the river at Smith Street Park, Monday morning.

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Environment
9:42 am
Mon September 15, 2014

New study finds area birds at risk of extinction

Bobolink
Credit Kelly Colgan Azar / Some Rights Reserved

A new study released by the National Audubon Society finds that some birds found in Western New York are at risk of extinction due to global warming.

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Environment
4:25 pm
Fri September 5, 2014

Gillibrand calls for federal ban on microbeads

Senator Kirstan Gillibrand
Credit Ashley Hirtzel / WBFO

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand announced in Buffalo Friday new federal legislation to ban microbeads in personal care products like facial scrubs and body wash.

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Environment
2:54 pm
Thu September 4, 2014

Funding secured for college's Great Lakes research center

Credit Chris Caya/WBFO News

Improvements are on the way for a facility used by researchers who track the health of local waterways.

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Environment
11:00 am
Fri August 29, 2014

DEC regulations seek to prevent spread of invasive species

Asian carp is one invasive species causing headaches for the state's environment and its economy.
Credit File photo

New regulations from the State Department of Environmental Conservation are out this week, aimed at protecting natural resources. The regulations identify more than 100 invasive plant and animal species that have the potential to harm New York’s environment and ways to prevent their release.

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Environment
10:18 am
Wed August 20, 2014

Environmental group monitoring pollution from Dupont plant

Local activists are calling on state and federal agencies to help reduce the amount of toxic chemicals pumped into the air in Tonawanda. EPA data shows DuPont's Yerkes Plant, near the intersection of River Road and Sheridan Drive, is a major polluter.

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Environment
6:00 am
Mon August 11, 2014

Wheatfield Town board issues ban on equate fertilizer

Wheatfield Against Sludge
Credit Photo from Wheatfield Against Sludge Facebook page

Wheatfield residents are celebrating a victory in the fight against the use of a liquid fertilizer. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley reports a ban was recently passed by the Wheatfield Town Board, but residents say they still have an uphill battle.

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Environment
1:38 pm
Fri August 8, 2014

Smelly 'corpse flower' blooms at Botanical Gardens

Morty the Corpse Flower in full bloom at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens.
Credit Ashley Hirtzel / WBFO

Morty the Corpse Flower has bloomed. The rare flower that smells like rotting flesh or hot garbage is on display at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens Friday.

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Environment
1:33 pm
Fri August 8, 2014

Erie County water testing finds no harmful algae toxin

Algae testing at Erie County beaches came back negative.
Credit erie.gov

Lake Erie water samples tested this week in Albany have come back negative in Erie County for a harmful toxin caused by blue-green algae blooms. 

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Environment
3:40 pm
Mon August 4, 2014

Erie County testing lake water for toxic algae

Credit File photo

Erie County is conducting special water sampling in Lake Erie along the shoreline to look for the toxic algae that shut down the water in Toledo, Ohio over the weekend.

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Environment
3:00 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

Higgins expresses concern with transporting nuclear waste over Peace Bridge

Congressman Brian Higgins discussing problems with transporting nuclear waste through western New York.
Credit Ashley Hirtzel / WBFO

Congressman Brian Higgins is urging the U.S. Department of Energy to conduct a full Environmental Impact Statement about the risks of transporting nuclear waste over the Peace Bridge.

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Environment
4:57 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

Planned ferry boat would traverse inner and outer harbors

Ferry services to link Canalside and the outer harbor.
Credit Ashley Hirtzel / WBFO

A new bike and pedestrian ferry is coming to Canalside in downtown Buffalo. Assemblyman Sean Ryan announced plans for the water taxi on Tuesday.

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Environment
9:30 am
Mon July 14, 2014

Wheatfield residents fight against use & storage liquid fertilizer

Wheatfield Sludge fight.
Credit Photo from Wheatfield Against Sludge Facebook page

Some Wheatfield residents are fighting against the use of a liquid fertilizer they say contains harmful waste. The battle involves a national company operates businesses in Erie and Niagara counties.

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Environment
10:34 am
Wed July 9, 2014

Author of Great Lakes books examines Buffalo’s waterfront renaissance

Downtown waterfront at Canalside.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

As part of our ongoing If Our Water Could Talk reporting, WBFO's Eileen Buckley spoke with author Edward McClelland. McClelland, who wrote Nothing But Blue Skies about the Great Lakes industrial past of Rust Belt cities like Buffalo, has been keeping a close watch on Buffalo's waterfront renaissance.

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