Environment

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

WBFO's Dan Karpenchuk reports

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

WBFO's Chris Caya reports

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

WBFO's Chris Caya reports

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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Environment
2:54 pm
Fri March 14, 2014

West Seneca residents prepare for potential floods

Buffalo Creek in West Seneca.
Credit Ashley Hirtzel / WBFO News

West Seneca homeowners are preparing for possible ice jam flooding on Buffalo Creek as temperatures warm up Friday. Residents in the Lexington Green neighborhood have already experienced multiple major thaws this season and are hoping the worst of it is behind them.

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Environment
2:50 pm
Thu March 13, 2014

Local businesses call on Gov. Cuomo to support wind power

Wind energy supporter holds sign for "Turn, Don't Burn" campaign.
Credit Ashley Hirtzel / WBFO News

Sixty local businesses are calling on Governor Andrew Cuomo to support renewable energy. During an event hosted by the Sierra Club Niagara Group Thursday, business owners and concerned citizens touched on the benefits of wind energy.

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Environment
10:45 am
Tue March 11, 2014

'Story of Stuff' creator speaking in Buffalo tonight

Environmentalist Annie Leonard is speaking tonight at UB.
Credit storyofstuff.org

Environmental activist Annie Leonard, who created the popular animated documentary "The Story of Stuff," brings her message of sustainability to Buffalo Tuesday night. 

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Environment
1:53 pm
Mon March 3, 2014

Public invited to attend Tonawanda Coke update meeting

Congressman Brian Higgins and Jackie James Creedon of Citizen Science Community Resources.
Credit Ashley Hirtzel / WBFO News

The public is invited to attend a meeting regarding issues surrounding Tonawanda Coke Monday night. The event will take place at the Sheridan Parkside Community Center located at 169 Sheridan Parkside Drive in Tonawanda at 6:30 p.m.

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Environment
2:54 pm
Tue February 25, 2014

Environmentalists voice concern about state's energy plan

Environmental activists gathered Tuesday to make their voices heard on the state's energy plan.
Credit Chris Caya/WBFO News

Local environmental activists are calling on Governor Andrew Cuomo to "move away from dirty and dangerous fossil fuels" in order to meet goals contained in a state energy plan.

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Environment
2:52 pm
Wed February 19, 2014

Environmental groups claim they are being targeted

Some of the Canadian government's fiercest critics say they are being targeted.  The Canada Revenue Agency is auditing more than half a dozen environmental groups to see if they are complying with guidelines that limit political advocacy.

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Environment
9:01 am
Mon February 10, 2014

UB launches environmental institute

WBFO's Chris Caya reports

A major research initiative is being launched by the University at Buffalo to tackle some of the world's biggest environmental challenges.

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Tonawanda Coke
8:28 pm
Fri January 31, 2014

Small explosion at Tonawanda Coke plant

First responders were called to the Tonawanda Coke plant shortly before noon Friday in response to calls of an "explosive" sound.  Tonawanda police says the sound was heard in a wide area of the town.

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Environment
11:11 am
Fri January 10, 2014

Poloncarz approves fracking ban on county-owned land

Residents showed support for the fracking ban at a December legislature hearing.
Credit File photo

Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz has approved a local law banning hydraulic fracturing, also know as fracking, on county-owned land.

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Environment
4:40 pm
Thu December 12, 2013

Erie County lawmakers vote to ban fracking

A large group of citizens came to County Hall Thursday to encourage legislators to vote for the fracking ban.
Credit Mike Desmond/WBFO News

Erie County legislators voted in a bipartisan manner Thursday to ban natural gas drilling using hydraulic fracturing in the county, commonly known as fracking.

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Environment
9:00 am
Thu December 12, 2013

Erie County Legislature to vote on fracking ban today

Several fracking protests have taken place in the area in recent years, including when President Obama came to visit UB in August.
Credit File photo

Legislation that would ban hydrofracking on county-owned land is expected to be voted on today by the Erie County Legislature.

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Environment
10:30 am
Fri December 6, 2013

Progress being made on Buffalo River dredging

Dredging along the City Ship Canal in Buffalo
WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

Dozens and dozens of chemicals have been dumped into the Buffalo River over the last 100 years. But a collaborative cleanup effort along the River is now halfway through the second phase. WBFO's Eileen Buckley watched as a section of City Ship Canal off Fuhrmann Boulevard was being dredged Thursday afternoon.

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