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Rep. Chris Collins is praising EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler for getting rid of an Obama-Era clean water rule known as Waters of the United States. The rule expanded the streams and waterways under federal jurisdiction, including ephemeral waters which are streams which don't run 12 months of the year.

Chris Caya WBFO News

Albany is helping the Town of Cheektowaga in its ongoing effort to reduce sewer overflows into Scajaquada Creek.

Michael Mroziak, WBFO

A two-year project to improve the ecological quality of a lake in the heart of Niagara Falls, New York, is at its completion, participants said Wednesday.


Nearly 51 years ago this week, President Lyndon Johnson spoke in downtown Buffalo about the importance of clean water and the need to save Lake Erie from pollution. Now local advocates are pushing to "Save the EPA."  

Residents of the Delavan-Grider neighborhood are fed up with the stalled cleanup of the former General Motors plant on East Delavan Avenue. Underground the plant are toxic chemicals that may be impacting the neighborhood and the already badly-polluted Scajaquada Creek. Neighbors want the state to end its tug of war with the property’s owner and fix the problem.

The air along Scajaquada Creek, and some park lakes in Buffalo, should be easier to breathe soon. A restoration project is underway that should help eliminate odor and other problems along the waterway. 

A local organization is in the running for what's billed as "the world's most prestigious environmental award."    

LBJ visit to Lake Erie led to cleaner waters

Aug 22, 2016
PHOTO: LBJ Presidential Library / PHOTO: LBJ Presidential Library

It’s been decades since Lake Erie was considered dead due to years of industrial pollution. President Lyndon B. Johnson was a powerful force in bringing Lake Erie back to life and changing the fate of the Great Lakes for the better.

Chris Caya WBFO News

In Buffalo's Delaware Park on Monday, U.S. Senator Charles Schumer said a proposed 30% cut would devastate the Clean Water Act.

Chris Caya WBFO News

By early 2017, the City of Buffalo's rental stock will include nearly 100 apartments in two new buildings overlooking the Buffalo River.

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The concept of adding a Waterways Center to the region's waterfront drew dozens to a public meeting Tuesday night.

New York state funding has been awarded to help clean up Scajaquada Creek. The Buffalo Sewer Authority will be receiving $1.815 million to restore a section of the creek, its floodplain and its wetlands.

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Legislation proposed by Sen. Tim Kennedy would help keep a toxic chemical out of New York's fresh water supply. Kennedy is proposing a ban on the sale of products containing the anti-microbial chemical.

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Major renovations are coming to Scajaquada Creek. Two water advocacy groups on Monday announced their plans for an $850,000 to a brownfield that sits between Niagara and Tonawanda streets.

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The Buffalo River was a summer recreation hotspot Thursday, as a cruise boat carried a crowd celebrating 25 years of Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper, a key agency in turning a one-time industrial sewer into a waterway with kayaks, canoes, motorboats and sailboats.

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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.

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Volunteers gathered on area shorelines yesterday as Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper's annual Spring Shoreline Sweep got underway.

Protecting the Great Lakes from nutrient pollution

Apr 21, 2015
WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

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

For years, environmentalists have warned of the damaging effects of agricultural runoff and sewage overflows into the Great Lakes. The intensity of that warning has increased following last weekend's water crisis near Toledo.

Progress being made on Buffalo River dredging

Dec 6, 2013
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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Several local groups are celebrating the 20th anniversary of the New York State Environmental Protection Fund.

Buffalo River restoration entering next phase

Sep 24, 2013
WBFO News photos by Eileen Buckley

A key partnership that will move cleanup of the Buffalo River forward was announced Monday. The newly-formed Buffalo Restoration Partnership will use $44 million to clean 6.2 miles of river sediment.

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April 22 marked Earth Day and on Buffalo's waterfront, Rep. Brian Higgins introduced legislation to help clean up the Great Lakes through upgrades to wastewater treatment plants.

WBFO News file photo

A major cleanup of the Buffalo River may be a casualty of the Sequester as Washington fights over money for the EPA and other federal agencies.