Lake Erie

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There is no plan for wind generators off-shore from southern Erie County, but opponents are organizing just in case. A firm called Diamond Wind is expected to file for at least 50 generators in the lake next month, when as a window for wind farm applications opens.

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US Senator Charles Schumer, D-NY, has announced the US Army Corps of Engineers has awarded an $8.2 million contract for construction of a new, safer, and more durable stone barrier along Route 5 in Athol Springs. It is meant to minimize the effects of crashing waves from Lake Erie during large storms.

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More than a century of sitting on the edge of Lake Erie in Buffalo Harbor has worn down the South Breakwater to the point it is getting a year-long $6 million rehab.

IJC to add new members to lake management board

Jul 18, 2019
Veronica Volk / WXXI News

Since the flooding of 2017, the International Joint Commission has been criticized for mismanagement of Lake Ontario. Now, in response to some of those criticisms, the IJC is adding two new seats to the board that regulates the outflows of Lake Ontario.

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and its research partners are forecasting that western Lake Erie will experience a significant harmful algal bloom (HAB) this summer. Most of the rest of the lake will not be affected.

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Water levels in two of the Great Lakes are the highest ever recorded. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said Tuesday that Lakes Erie and Ontario last month reached their highest points since record-keeping began in 1918.

Resentment growing against IJC and Plan 2014

Jun 13, 2019
NCPR

As Lake Ontario lingers at record highs, public outcry against the group that manages lake levels continues to rise.

Niagara Parks

Now that warmer weather has arrived, the repair bills are coming in from what was occasionally a very bad winter. Ontario's Niagara Parks Commission is dealing with the cost of repairs of a Fort Erie sea wall from the February ice storm.

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Wet spring weather has pushed Lake Erie's water level to its highest point ever recorded.

Authorities say two boaters have been rescued from a cabin cruiser that was sinking in Lake Chautauqua.

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation

It is looking like a great fishing year on Lake Erie and a large group of anglers turned out Wednesday evening at the Woodlawn Beach State Park Lodge to hear how it is going.

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State and local officials welcomed news that the New York Department of Transportation and US Army Corps of Engineers have reached an agreement to construct a new breakwall along the Lake Erie shoreline near Route 5 in Athol Springs. Work could begin as early as this fall, officials suggested Thursday morning.

Paul Pasquarello / New York Power Authority

Preparations are being made for the removal of the Lake Erie-Niagara River Ice Boom.

Erie Canal locks restoration gets $1.2M funding stream

Jan 2, 2019
Bergmann Associates

Two of Lockport’s original Erie Canal locks are getting a $1.2 million facelift.

Last phase of the Niagara River ice boom installation starts

Dec 13, 2018
NEW YORK POWER AUTHORITY

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


Mike Desmond / WBFO News

Thursday's celebration of 11 years of the United Nations Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples at the Buffalo History Museum was more than a political statement. It was also a celebration of indigenous arts and crafts.

Ashley Hassett / WBFO News

Researchers have made a startling discovery in Lake Erie -- two species of exotic zooplankton that originally hail from the southern hemisphere.

Researchers aim for faster water contamination test

Jul 18, 2018
by ANGELICA A. MORRISON / Cornell's Ruth Richardson explains the water testing process.

Many are heading to the beach to escape the hot temperatures this summer, only to find the water is closed. Now, a group of researchers is trying out a new method that could deliver water testing results faster.

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The Erie County Sheriff's Department is asking for the public’s help to identify a body that was found in Lake Erie on June 20.

Lindsay France / Cornell University Photography

A group of researchers at Cornell University has developed a new, faster test to determine whether bacteria are present in beach water. The team will be field-testing their system on Lake Erie near Buffalo July 16-18.

Algae bloom taking shape on Lake Erie

Jul 5, 2018
NOAA

Algae blooms have started in western Lake Erie, and researchers say the unusually warm weather may make things worse.


Trump rescinds Obama order on Great Lakes protections

Jun 22, 2018

President Donald Trump has overridden an Obama executive order meant to protect the oceans and Great Lakes. It was written in response to the 2010 BP oil spill into the Gulf of Mexico.

Not only is there no mention of the spill in the new policy, but it references the importance of oil drilling as well as commercial fishing, shipping, and other industries.


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Town of Hamburg Police report, despite the efforts of first responders on scene, a man pulled from the waters of Lake Erie Wednesday night has passed away at Mercy Hospital.

Mike Desmond / WBFO News

More construction and planning are coming to Buffalo's Outer Harbor, as decisions continue on what to do with the vast swath of land along Lake Erie.

New Navy ship, USS Little Rock, stalled by ice

Jan 23, 2018

The USS Little Rock, a Navy ship that was commissioned in Buffalo in December, is still waiting for a clear path to the ocean. And it may be mid-March before the ship can leave Montreal, where it waits in port.


If you like ice, you have to love the Great Lakes, where it comes in all shapes and sizes. With the recent deep freeze, we're seeing a lot more ice than in the past few winters -- including a frosty Niagara Falls. ​Here's a look at some unusual shapes and sizes:

Best Great Lakes photos from 2017

Dec 28, 2017

Flooding along Lake Ontario. A sunken ship. Eerie waves. A dissected Asian carp. All images from a memorable 2017 -- and part of Great Lakes Today reporting that ranged from Montreal to Duluth. Take a look at our favorite photos of the year. 

On the Great Lakes, boat and ship traffic is slowing down for the winter.  Meanwhile, in Cleveland, residents have a chance to watch Lake Erie change as ice builds up -- and breaks up.


Biggest Great Lakes stories of 2017, month by month

Dec 26, 2017

The past year was loaded with turmoil for the Great Lakes. A new president tried to cut $300 million in  restoration projects. Homes were flooded along Lake Ontario. And one of the scariest invasive species -- the Asian carp -- was found less than 10 miles from Lake Michigan.

Here's a look at some of the biggest stories that Great Lakes Today brought you -- from New York to Minnesota, as well as the provinces of Quebec and Ontario. 

Paul Pasquarello / New York Power Authority

It's an annual tradition in our region - the installation of the winter ice boom across the Niagara River at Lake Erie - and this year work went quickly.

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