Environment

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Tonawanda Coke Corporation will pay $12 million in what state and federal regulators hail as a "historic" environmental settlement that targets problems at the company's River Road plant.

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A stretch of undeveloped land along the Niagara River in Lewiston is about $100,000 away from having a new owner. The Western New York Land Conservancy has nearly the full amount required to buy 29 acres from the Sister of St. Francis, to be maintained as a nature preserve.

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

Erie County announces waste dropoff dates

Apr 27, 2015

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

Fish stocking effort aims to encourage inland angling

Apr 22, 2015

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

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

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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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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.

Renewable energy projects to begin on West Side

Dec 18, 2014
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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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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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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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Squaw Island State Park on Buffalo’s West side could be the site of some natural recycling.

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


County panel votes to keep Tonawanda crematory closed

Oct 10, 2014
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.

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

Oct 1, 2014
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The American Planning Association has designated Delaware Park as one of the ‘Great Places in America’ for 2014.

Scenic overlook unveiled in Aurora

Oct 1, 2014
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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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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.

New study finds area birds at risk of extinction

Sep 15, 2014
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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.

Gillibrand calls for federal ban on microbeads

Sep 5, 2014
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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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Improvements are on the way for a facility used by researchers who track the health of local waterways.

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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.

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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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.

Smelly 'corpse flower' blooms at Botanical Gardens

Aug 8, 2014
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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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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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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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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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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