Niagara River

WBFO's Mike Desmond

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
WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

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.

WBFO's Mike Desmond

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.

It is now an international incident - and soon to be a possible criminal investigation. Canada and the Niagara County Legislature are calling for further investigation into the sewage dumped into the Niagara River over the weekend.

Associated Press

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has directed state regulators to investigate wastewater discharges that turned the water near the base of Niagara Falls black last weekend.

Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper

Some of Buffalo’s eco-tourism was on display today as the 12th Annual Paddles Up Niagara drew a record turnout.


A local state senator wants New York's constitution amended to guarantee the rights of residents to hunt and fish, joining 21 other states to enshrine those outdoor rights in their state charters.

U.S. Coast Guard File Photo

U.S. and Canadian search teams are combing the Niagara River for a second day for a person reported in the water yelling for help.

Old Fort Niagara pummeled by Lake Ontario flood waters

May 3, 2017

Concerns are growing that the historic structures at Old Fort Niagara could be at risk of damage from Lake Ontario's flood waters. The fort is located in New York at the mouth of the Niagara River, where it meets the lake.

Wetlands an issue for IJC meeting in Buffalo

Mar 21, 2017

Wetland habitat restoration will be among the issues highlighted at an upcoming public meeting aimed at improving the state of the Great Lakes. The Buffalo meeting on March 28 is one of six being held regionally by the International Joint Commission, the bi-national group that helps regulate the Great Lakes.

Ice Boom's removal signals spring's arrival

Mar 7, 2017

A sure sign that spring is just around the corner can be seen on the waters off of Buffalo. Crews from the New York Power Authority started the process of removing the nearly 1.66 mile long Lake Erie - Niagara River Ice Boom on Monday.

NEW YORK POWER AUTHORITY PHOTO /Ice boom installation 2015.

The New York Power Authority is looking to use drones instead of helicopters or boats to inspect the ice boom between Lake Erie and the Niagara River.

What's icy, metal and two miles long? A Great Lakes ice boom

Dec 19, 2016

The deep freeze has arrived in Great Lakes states and that means one thing: It's time for the Lake Erie/Niagara River Ice Boom.

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.

Boat accident sends two to hospital

Aug 13, 2016

On Saturday two people were taken to Erie County Medical Center after being thrown from a speed boat that flipped over in the Niagara River.

The body of a Hamilton man who fell into the Niagara River while on a family outing Saturday has been found. Twenty-five-year-old Mohammad Maaz Shaikh's body was spotted by a fisherman near where the river meets Lake Ontario.

WBFO News File Photo / WBFO News

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

It's a little-known designation, a Ramsar site, but it's coveted because the 2,200 around the globe are among the most important waterways in the world. Supporters want the Niagara River added to that list.

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Just off I-190 near GM's Tonawanda Engine Plant, there is an odd site out in the Niagara River. Yellow-colored heavy equipment can be seen working in the water near Strawberry Island. As WBFO's Chris Caya reports, it's part of a habitat restoration project that should benefit fish, wildlife and local residents.

Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper / WBFO News

One local agency has taken a comprehensive look at the health of the waterways across much of the Western New York region. WBFO’s Avery Schneider reports.

A legal order issued by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency should help improve local water quality. The Buffalo Sewer Authority is planning to reduce sewer and stormwater runoff into the Niagara River and its tributaries.

Ice jam causing flooding along the Niagara River

Jan 7, 2014

Adding to the misery that comes with all the snow and the cold, the National Weather Service has extended a Flash Flood Warning for the east channel of the upper Niagara River in Niagara Falls and Grand Island.

The sewage treatment plant in Niagara Falls is back in operation a week after a severe storm knocked out the facility's pumps, sending more than 100 million gallons of wastewater into the Niagara River.

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Authorities say a Buffalo teenager has drowned in the Niagara River while trying to save his 7-year-old sister after she slipped into the water.

Commuters on the Niagara section of the State Thruway are seeing more and more changes in what was often a wasteland between the highway and the Niagara River, land cut off when the road was built in the '50s and '60s.

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Authorities have established that the headless torso discovered in the Niagara Gorge last week is that of Loretta Jo Gates.

Investigators made the connection through DNA testing. Gates, a 30-year-old mother of three, was last seen at a store near Niagara Avenue and Main Street in Niagara Falls in the early hours of August 26th. Authorities are seeking the public's help in solving the case. Anyone with information is asked to call 716-286-4553.

Police do not believe that this homicide is connected to other bodies recently discovered in the Niagara River.

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New York State Park Police are requesting the public's help in identifying the remains of woman.

A female body was recovered from the lower Niagara River in early July. Authorities estimate that the woman was aged between 40 - 55. She is described as a white woman, 5 feet three inches tall, weighing 156 pounds with brown and gray hair that has been dyed red.

Park police are asking anyone with information about this person to call them at 716 278-1777.