Niagara River

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The Niagara Falls Water Board is getting nearly $3 million toward a prevention project for its wastewater treatment plant on Buffalo Avenue.

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To keep waters navigable, they have to be dredged to allow the removal of vast volumes of wet sludge so ships can get through. Experts from around the Great Lakes are in town to see what this area does with dredged materials.

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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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U.S. Border Patrol reports the arrest of five people trying to enter the United States illegally - one by swimming across the Niagara River.

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The underground groundwater contamination under the former Chevy plant on East Delavan Avenue has become another example of the problems of Buffalo's mixed sewer system, mixing sewage and stormwater and overflowing if there is heavy rain or snowmelt.

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The National Weather Service has issued a Flash Flood Watch for portions of the upper Niagara River due to an ice jam.

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Freshwater mussels once filled the Great Lakes and all of its tributaries, only to have the population erode as the water went bad and overseas invasive species became a problem. However, research at the University at Buffalo is suggesting some mussels are recovering, as are the lakes.

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


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At a gathering Wednesday evening, there was enough wind to blow out memorial candles. Cops and civilians gathered to remember Buffalo Police Lt. Craig Lehner, who died a year ago during an Underwater Rescue Team training drill.

 

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Researchers at SUNY Buffalo State are concerned that climate change could be helping to lay the groundwork for an eventual collapse of the Niagara River’s ecosystem. Populations of the Emerald Shiner minnow have been cut drastically this summer. As Investigative Post's Sara Jerving reports, researchers worry that as the region continues to heat up, this could become the new norm.


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Public safety divers like the Buffalo Police underwater recovery unit are supposed to take their training slow. For example, experts say the norm in training how to dive in swift currents is to start in water that’s moving somewhere between one and four knots. But on the day Officer Craig Lehner trained in the Niagara River last October, the currents were eight to 12 knots.


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A name from Buffalo's past is in the planning for a Greenway project in downtown Buffalo aimed at improving access to the waterfront.

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Nearly $3 million in additional relief funding is going to communities in five upstate New York counties along Lake Ontario to help them recover from last year's flooding.

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The Niagara Falls Water Board says things are turning around at its troubled Wastewater Treatment Plant. The plant became internationally infamous in July of last year, when it dumped black material into the middle of a tourist-filled section of the Niagara River.

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.


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A plan to restore the Niagara River Gorge’s original plant habitat will be unveiled Monday night in Niagara Falls.

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The Niagara Falls, ON Council meets Tuesday night and is expected to demand the Niagara Falls, NY Water Board do something to stop overflows of sewage into the Niagara River that borders the United States and Canada.

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LaSalle Park on Buffalo's waterfront was lit in blue Thursday night as citizens held a vigil for Police Officer Craig Lehner.

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In a world of high-tech searches, Buffalo Police are continuing to apply the knowledge of decades of experience working on and around the Niagara River, as the search for Officer Craig Lehner continues into a fifth day.

Search for missing police diver continues

Oct 15, 2017
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The search for missing Buffalo Police diver Craig Lehner continued on Monday. Though unsuccessful, police vowed to pick up the search again on Tuesday.

Yet another discharge of cloudy black water was seen in the Niagara River Monday morning, just below Niagara Falls.

Niagara Falls sewage release highlights regional problem

Oct 6, 2017

Niagara Falls, N.Y., has a messy problem -- it continues to dump sewage and discolored water downriver from the popular tourist attraction. The most recent incident happened Wednesday afternoon.


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.

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New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Basil Seggos Friday announced that the Niagara Falls Water Board violated water quality standards as a result of an August 15 combined sewer overflow discharge that caused a substantial visible contrast to the natural conditions in the Niagara River. The state issued a Notice of Violation to the water board.

NF Water Board stops discharging sediment

Aug 24, 2017
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The Niagara Falls Water Board said it is making changes per the investigation by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation.

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation says it is investigating another potential discharge from the Niagara Falls Wastewater Treatment Plant.

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The Niagara County Legislature raised the stakes on the Niagara River black sludge spill by seeking criminal investigations on local, state and federal levels.

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The Niagara County Legislature will be holding a special meeting Thursday night to call for a criminal investigation into the black wastewater discharged into the Niagara River.  

Higgins criticizes inky discharge, seeks EPA probe

Aug 6, 2017
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Even though it now appears human error was responsible for the inky discharge into the Niagara River last weekend, the Niagara Falls Water Board is still coming under criticism for allowing it to happen.

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The Niagara Falls Water Board is apologizing for the sewage dump into the Niagara River on Saturday. Water Board Chairman Dan O'Callaghan read a prepared statement and refused to take questions, during a quick appearance Thursday afternoon outside board headquarters.

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