sewer overflows

Photo courtesy of NYSDEC

The group Environmental Advocates of New York says nearly 336 million gallons of sewage have been discharged into New York waterways since mid-May.

Erie County will see this spring if a major sewer project in the South Towns will alleviate sewage-based pollution flowing through Woodlawn Beach.


A plan to fix outdated water and sewer lines may go to voters in November. Governor Andrew Cuomo is proposing a multi-billion-dollar infrastructure improvement fund as part of his budget plan. The money would also boost water quality programs around the state.


Michael Mroziak, WBFO

A candidate for State Senate is releasing a report that suggests Erie County is among the worst polluters of water in all of New York, and it has its aging sewer system to blame. Her report also includes some proposed solutions that would see a mix of state, federal and private dollars put to work to ease the discharge of sewage into potential drinking water sources.


Mike Desmond/WBFO

Proponents believe an increase in Erie County's hotel bed tax could go a long way toward cleaning up the region's problematic wastewater overflows. Opponents argue the proposal would hamper the area's competitiveness in the tourism industry.


Dan Telvock, Investigative Post

While some strides have been made--- notably the cleanup of the Buffalo River--- more needs to be done to improve the area's water quality. "Just look at our beaches," noted Dan Telvock of the Investigative Post. He shared some of his findings during WBFO's Press Pass.


from Erie.gov

There may be fewer sewer overflows in times of heavy rains this summer in the Southtowns. That positive development will follow the completion of upgrades to the county's sewer treatment plant.