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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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Environment
10:26 am
Mon June 30, 2014

Report shows dramatic impact of lower Great Lakes water levels

Credit File photo

A new report from Ontario paints a gloomy economic picture as a result of continued low water levels in the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River. It could cost the U.S. and Canada more than $19 billion by the year 2050.

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Environment
12:03 pm
Mon June 23, 2014

Lake Erie designated a 'no discharge zone'

Buffalo's Lake Erie, at Erie Basin Marina.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

Boaters are now banned from dumping raw sewage into Lake Erie. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has approved a petition filed by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation.

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Environment
6:00 am
Fri May 23, 2014

PUSH Buffalo releases plan to address energy affordability

PUSH Buffalo releases energy plan to address energy affordability crisis in western New York with support from local law makers, Assemblyman Sean Ryan and Senator Tim Kennedy.
Credit Ashley Hirtzel / WBFO

PUSH Buffalo released a community-based energy plan Thursday as part of the comment period for Governor Cuomo’s 2014 Draft State Energy Plan.

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Environment
10:41 am
Fri May 16, 2014

If Our Water Could Talk Part V: The Future

Buffalo's Canalside along the Buffalo River downtown
WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

After decades of missteps, Buffalo is finally experiencing a renaissance along the waterfront. All this week, WBFO has explored life along the Buffalo River. In our final installment of If Our Water Could Talk, WBFO's Jay Moran and Eileen Buckley explore how the city waterfront is now the catalyst inspiring future economic development being called 'Rust to Blue.'

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Environment
9:36 am
Fri May 16, 2014

Report details the harmful effects of microbeads

The report: 'Unseen Threat: How Microbeads Harm New York Waters, Wildlife, Health And Environment.'
Credit Ashley Hirtzel / WBFO

Attorney General Eric Schneiderman released a report Thursday detailing the dangers of the plastic beads found in face washes and cosmetic products. The study entitled “Unseen Threat: How Microbeads Harm New York Waters, Wildlife, Health And Environment” suggests there is an urgent need to pass a ban on microbeads.

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Environment
10:00 am
Thu May 15, 2014

If Our Water Could Talk Part IV: Access to our waterways

Erie Canal Commercial Slip, downtown Buffalo
WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

All this week, WBFO and WNED-TV are examining Western New York’s water resources in a project called If Our Water Could Talk. While economic development remains an important focus for the Buffalo waterfront, WBFO's Eileen Buckley reports, so is the issue of providing access to our water.


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Environment
10:00 am
Wed May 14, 2014

If Our Water Could Talk Part III: Fish & Wildlife

These fishermen say they routinely catch steelhead in this part of the Buffalo River.
Credit Jay Moran/wbfo news

With its origins in the hills of Wales and Java, the Buffalo River, like most streams, begins in the highlands before flowing downhill into another body of water. Lake Erie serves as the mouth of the Buffalo River, providing the waterway with its unique character.

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Environment
9:40 am
Tue May 13, 2014

If Our Water Could Talk Part II: Success Stories

On a recent, less-than-ideal, Saturday afternoon, some hearty kayakers and fishermen were making full use of the Harlem Road/Buffalo River boat launch site. The scene would not have been imaginable a half-century ago.

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Environment
9:50 am
Mon May 12, 2014

If Our Water Could Talk Part I: Buffalo River history

Buffalo River at Canalside, downtown Buffalo.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

After decades of pollution pouring into our waterways, a massive cleanup effort continues along the Buffalo River. WBFO & WNED-TV are examining our region's water resources in a project called If Our Water Could Talk. A special documentary will air Monday at 9 p.m. on WNED-TV. WBFO's Eileen Buckley begins our series looking back to the industrial age that tainted out most precious resource. 

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Environment
10:38 am
Tue April 15, 2014

Army Corps seeks to avoid spread of invasive hydrilla plant

Army Corps Project Manager Mike Greer discusses the effort to rid local waterways of the hydrilla plant.
Credit Mike Desmond/WBFO News

There is yet another invasive species starting to spread across area waterways and the Army Corps of Engineers has an herbicide ready as the plant blossoms in Tonawanda Creek.

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Environment
9:25 am
Tue April 15, 2014

Sewer Authority to invest $380 million for system upgrades

Credit city-buffalo.com/Home/City_Departments/BSA

A legal order issued by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency should help improve local water quality. The Buffalo Sewer Authority is planning to reduce sewer and stormwater runoff into the Niagara River and its tributaries.

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Environment
3:43 pm
Thu March 27, 2014

Peace Bridge pollution discussed at Washington conference

The Peace Bridge
Credit Ashley Hirtzel / WBFO News

The continuing issue about polluted air from the Peace Bridge blowing across Buffalo’s West Side was discussed during a national meeting in Washington this week.

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Environment
3:19 pm
Mon March 24, 2014

EPA grant earmarked for Niagara Street infrastructure

EPA Great Lakes Administrator Cameron Davis, Rep. Brian Higgins, Mayor Byron Brown, and Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper Executive Director Jill Jedlicka attended Monday's announcement.
Credit Chris Caya/WBFO News

The reconstruction of Niagara Street this year will include green infrastructure to prevent stormwater runoff and improve the quality of the Great Lakes.

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Environment
5:00 am
Wed March 19, 2014

Tonawanda Coke faces sentencing for environmental crime

Tonawanda Coke
Credit WBFO News file photo

Tonawanda Coke and its owner will be sentenced in federal court. In the preliminary sentencing report U.S. District Judge William Skretny said victims will not be allowed to seek restitution during Wednesday’s sentencing.

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