Angelica A. Morrison

Last phase of the Niagara River ice boom installation starts

Dec 13, 2018

The New York Power Authority started the final phase of the Lake Erie-Niagara River ice boom installation Thursday.


The Buffalo Gay Men’s Chorus is, not only, aiming to usher in the holiday spirit, but they’re fostering a sense of social support for members within the LGBTQ community.

A local Great Lakes expert received a standing ovation during a recent award ceremony for the International Association for Great Lakes Research (IAGLR).

Sewage released into Lake Ontario near Toronto’s popular harbor area is still a problem, according to a recently released report.

US Customs and Border Protection recently sized more than 100 invasive crabs, called the Chinese Mitten Crab. The discovery was made during a commercial inspection at a facility in Rochester, N.Y.


Local activists are gearing up to speak out this weekend at the “You cannot erase us rally.” Earlier this week, the New York Times reported the US Department of Health and Human Services circulated a memo suggesting a change in the definition of gender, that does not include transgender individuals.


Cyclists and joggers can now exercise worry-free with the official opening of the West River Road Shoreline Trail in Grand Island.

Town of Lockport

The resignation of the Town of Lockport Court Judge Leonard Tilney is expected to take effect on Sept. 30.


It’s a Saturday morning and the University at Buffalo's North Campus is mostly empty.

But inside one of the classrooms, more than a dozen sleepy-eyed students, some armed with coffee, others with snacks, chattered as they waited for a training session to begin.

Waterkeeper announces plans for water-themed environmental hub

Aug 31, 2018
BN Waterkeeper

The Buffalo Niagara Waterkeeper has announced plans to create a hub for the region’s ecotourism called the Waterways Center.


Tawana Wyatt remembers her daughter India Cummings

Lawsuit alleges inmate abuse still alive at Erie County jails

Aug 30, 2018

Meet Antwan Green. He’s 36 and he says he was denied medical treatment at the Erie County Holding Center and the Erie County Correctional Facility because he’s black and gay.

Racial Equity: Bail taking a toll on low-income families

Jul 23, 2018

In courtrooms across New York, the bail system helps guarantee defendants show up for their cases. But critics say the system hurts low-income families; if they can’t put up thousands of dollars, they have to sit in jail.

States like New Jersey, California and New Mexico have already reformed their bail structure. Now, reform in New York State is being looked at as well.

Fifteen teachers, several from New York State, sailed off Monday morning  on research vessel called The Lake Guardian.

Racial Equity: Race-based policing concerns in Buffalo

Jun 26, 2018

Outside a tiny soul food restaurant on Buffalo’s West Side Lou DeJesus, an African American, is describing being stopped by city police. It happened last summer as she was walking from her home to a store.

Race and housing highlighted in panel discussion

May 10, 2018

Issues surrounding housing inequities in Buffalo were brought to light during a panel discussion at the WNED|WBFO Studios Wednesday night, as part of WBFO's Racial Equity Project.

Distillery turns booze into food – fish food

Feb 23, 2018

Out on farmland in western New York, near the shore of Lake Erie, is Five & 20 Spirits and Brewing. Here, they make more than just booze. They also raise fish.

Experts push for more African-Americans in STEM fields

Feb 20, 2018

The STEM field is historically an area were African Americans and minorities have been under-represented.

But several have broken through the barriers like...  astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson.  And nuclear scientist J. Ernest Wilkins Jr., -- he attended the University of Chicago at the age of 13. And now, many local African American STEM professionals are encouraging others to carry the torch.

These photos of Royal Botanical Gardens will warm you up

Jan 26, 2018

Inside the Mediterranean and cactus display at the Royal Botanical Gardens in Burlington Ontario Canada

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Photo Gallery: Ecologists at Royal Botanical Gardens battle carp

Jan 26, 2018

A group of workers from the Royal Botanical Gardens in Burlington, Ontario pile discarded Christmas trees onto an organic barrier used to block the Common Carp from entering the wetland area.

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Pain-killers, other drugs found in Great Lakes ecosystem

Dec 11, 2017

As America confronts the opioid crisis, environmental scientists are warning about a related problem. Chemicals from pain-killers and other drugs often end up in lakes and rivers, creating what some scientists say could be a deadly cocktail for fish and other wildlife.

Threat of microplastics topic of Healing Our Waters meeting

Oct 18, 2017

It’s day two of the Great Lakes Restoration Conference in Buffalo New York. Hundreds  are learning about problems that affect the lakes, including microplastics.

Shrinking island gets a makeover

Sep 12, 2017

A small island in the Niagara River has received a makeover, thanks to the New York State Power Authority and the state Department of Environmental Conservation.Angelica A. Morrison reports.

Lake Erie is a route for huge freighters carrying cargo to cities like Cleveland and Buffalo. Now a company wants to use the lake to transport another product: electricity.

Identifying invasives the focus of N.Y. events

Jul 13, 2017

Invasive fish and plants that have plagued the Great Lakes region for decades are getting some special attention this week.

Binational report gives Lake Erie a bad review

Jun 22, 2017

A new report on the health of the Great Lakes is out this week, and it shows a grim outlook for Lake Erie.

Sturgeon recovery in Lake Ontario could face Trump cuts

Jun 16, 2017

Final part of a series on President Trump's budget

On the shores of the lower Niagara River, about 10 miles from Niagara Falls, a group of biologists from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service prepare to examine the largest fish species in the Great Lakes region – the lake sturgeon.

Bald eagles face deadly threat from lead poisoning

Jun 1, 2017
Jim Levulis, WAMC

The comeback of the American bald eagle is a success story across the Great Lakes region, and keeping them safe is a high priority for many environmental professionals. But one serious threat to the great raptor is lead poisoning.

"Lake Effect" can bring trouble, but some companies embrace name

Mar 17, 2017
by ANGELICA A. MORRISON / Lake Effect man on the handle of a beer tap at the Pearl Street Grill and Brewery in Buffalo New York.

Residents in the Great Lakes region are very familiar with Lake Effect snows. When cold, dry air passes over the lakes, it generates enough snow to bring white outs, vehicle pile ups, power outages and back-breaking shoveling. Despite all those problems, dozens of businesses and organizations have embraced the Lake Effect name.