Lake Erie

 

An analysis out this week from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reports that algae blooms were "fewer, less dense, and less toxic" this year than in 2014 or 2015.

That's good news for the region, because the blooms can cause sickness in people and animals. They also can create problems in treating drinking water.

Deadly day on Lake Erie

Oct 20, 2016

This week marks the 100th anniversary of the "Black Friday Storm," a swirl of rain, wind and waves that left about 50 people dead on Lake Erie.

A new conference coming to Cleveland will offer a chance to “hack” Lake Erie for innovations and resolutions to the lake’s issues and problems.


Both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump threw their support behind the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative Thursday via surrogates speaking at a conference in Sandusky, Ohio.

Each campaign's representative spoke separately at the Great Lakes Restoration Conference.  They answered questions about harmful algal blooms, Asian carp, and clean water.                                                          

Each summer, many beaches along the Great Lakes are shut down because the waters have high bacteria levels.  But figuring out exactly when to close a beach is difficult, and scientists are trying out a new test that could lead to safer swimming.


Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper wins international award

Sep 13, 2016
Nick Maxwell, WBFO News

A local environmental group gained international recognition Tuesday. The Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper received the Thiess International Riverprize for its restoration work on the Niagara River and surrounding watershed.

Eating fish from Great Lakes is risky, immigrants learn

Sep 12, 2016

Every weekend James Rice goes for a walk, but it’s not just any walk. He’s on a mission to educate anglers about the safest way to consume fish caught in Western New York.

Draken Harald Hårfagre

The replica Viking ship Draken Harald Hårfagre has sailed out of the Great Lakes, wrapping up a contentious visit.

With more than 150 emergency cases in Lake Erie, Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence Seaway in August, Buffalo's U.S. Coast Guard is urging safety to those planning to enjoy the water over Labor Day weekend.

Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority

Each year, ports on the Great Lakes dredge tons of material to keep shipping lanes open. But disposing of the spoils is a big problem. The Port of Toledo has a creative approach: farming.

The Port of Toledo dredges more sediment than any port on the Great Lakes – up to a million cubic yards every year.  The idea of reusing sediment as soil for agriculture is new for the Great Lakes region and ideal for Lake Erie’s western basin.

Scientists study DNA to find pollution source in Great Lakes

Aug 26, 2016
by Angelica A. Morrison

Each summer, bacteria can force beaches on the Great Lakes to close. Now researchers are battling the bacteria with a genetic-based process.

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.


Elizabeth Miller

Heavy winds didn’t stop the hundreds gathered to watch the Port Clinton lighthouse make a half-mile journey down the Portage River to its new home on Lake Erie. The 120-year-old lighthouse has been an enduring symbol for Port Clinton, a town west of Cleveland. 
 

Fans followed the path of the 12,000-pound lighthouse Tuesday as it traveled by boat and truck, lifted by a crane three times. It had been sitting for more than 50 years at a nearby marina. 

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

The lake sturgeon can live over 100 years, weigh over 200 pounds and grow up to eight feet long. But it has had a fragile existence in the Great Lakes region.


Big push for Great Lakes watershed preservation

Jul 5, 2016
by ANGELICA A. MORRISON

On a typical mild weather day it’s not unusual to find nature lovers and a few hikers exploring the trails on the Jackson Falls preserve, located in the western New York town of Aurora.


WBFO News File Photo / WBFO News

A three day campaign to keep area waterways safe kicked off on Friday.

Local officials concerned about impact of phosphorus from Ohio

Jun 11, 2016

Environmental and state leaders in New York are calling on Ohio to get its phosphorous run-off into Lake Erie under control.

Invaders of the Great Lakes... Sea Lamprey

Jun 1, 2016
by ANGELICA A. MORRISON

The sharp scent of chemicals bites the air as Jason Krebill wades in a creek and pulls out two slippery, slimy, parasitic creatures.

He was holding dead adult sea lampreys one in each hand. They were about two feet long, with suction-cupped mouths, lined with nearly a dozen rows of sharp teeth.

U.S EPA

This month, the Ohio EPA could place the western Lake Erie basin on its impaired list, a biennial list of waters that do not meet state water quality standards. And with harmful algal blooms posing a threat to drinking and recreational waters every summer, advocates say there’s a clear need to clean up Lake Erie.  But is the impaired designation the solution?


Mike Desmond/wbfo news

Bethlehem Steel may have closed its Lackawanna plant 33-years ago, but the city and Albany are still groping for a way to clean and develop the site.


Lake Erie water quality discussed at County Hall forum

Sep 14, 2015
Michael Mroziak, WBFO

An Erie County lawmaker welcomed several speakers to County Hall Monday morning to discuss the water quality of Lake Erie, and how the county may best invest in a cleanup.


Avery Schneider / WBFO News

Police are trying to determine the identity of skeletal remains that washed up on the Lake Erie shore at the end of La Salle Park in Buffalo. Those remains were discovered by a long-time resident of the Harbour Pointe condos on Friday morning.


Lian Bunny

Local consumers who use personal care products containing microbeads are reacting to news that Erie County will soon ban the sale of goods that contain these tiny plastic orbs.

Lian Bunny

Plastic has been making its way into the waters of Erie County in the form of microbeads – tiny pollutants found in more than 100 personal care products. On Wednesday, Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz

Efforts underway to control parasitic sea lampreys

Jul 31, 2015
dec.ny.gov

Lake Erie is a popular fishing destination for many Western New York anglers in the summer. But one type of fish can ruin all the fun – sea lampreys. That's why a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service crew will conduct a survey on an area of Cattaraugus Creek in mid-August to help control the invasive species.

This week WBFO's Press Pass, Pat Feldballe joins Buffalo Niagara Film Commissioner Tim Clark for this month’s update on what's happening cinematically in Western New York.

WBFO File Photo / WBFO News

Rescue crews were able to bring 12 people safely to shore on Saturday after they were found stranded on Lake Erie ice near Evans.

Ice boom returns to Lake Erie

Dec 15, 2014
NASA.gov

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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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. 

File photo

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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