T.J. Pignataro - The Buffalo News

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T.J. Pignataro - Buffalo, NY

Environment Reporter for The Buffalo News since 2013. News Staff Reporter since 1998. Previous beat assignments included suburban coverage in WNY and the News' bureau at Buffalo Police HQ. Former staff reporter at the Altoona Mirror (1997-98) and Dunkirk Observer (1995-97), and assistant news director at WBTA-1490, Batavia (1994-95).


Environment

The gales of November came to Lake Superior in late October and shattered the Great Lakes' record book, according to reports from Michigan. Buoy reports showed a wave measuring 28.8 feet was logged Tuesday morning at Munising, Mich. and near Granite Island off Michigan's upper peninsula not far from Marquette, Mich. https://twitter.com/SWPLandTrust/status/92282921516…

Environment

Mayville is renowned for having some of the best tasting drinking water in Chautauqua County. Now, the public water infrastructure that supplies that drinking water to 1,850 residents in Mayville and neighboring portions of Chautauqua is about to get a major upgrade. A water system improvement project calls for finding two new groundwater wells for the village's wate…

Environment

Take a drive from the shores of Lake Ontario to Ellicottville and you'll travel through four climate zones. Add a side trip to Lake Erie, and you're in a fifth zone. Researchers at SUNY Buffalo State looked at elevations and climate data to draw boundaries for these climate zones, and each zone has its own story. “This is our first attempt to weave a story out …

Environment

The state Department of Environmental Conservation will accept public comments on a planned 243-acre expansion of a rock quarry in the Town of Lockport through mid-November. The DEC announced last Thursday it accepted Lafarge North America's completed application of its draft environmental impact statement for project, which involves substantial excavation on a new site…

Environment

Fredonia water customers will need to continue boiling their drinking water until at least Tuesday and possibly longer, the Chautauqua County Health Department reported Monday morning on the state's alert system. A water main break caused the boil-water advisory on Saturday. It affects all water customers of the village water system in Fredonia and nearby town of Po…

Weather

One of Buffalo's warmest Octobers on record could end with the region's first snow flakes of the season, according to early forecasts. Successive shots of cold air will barrage the Buffalo Niagara region starting mid-week, according to the National Weather Service. After two more days of unseasonably warm air (interrupted with some wind and rain association with a pa…

Environment

Rep. Chris Collins reiterated his criticism Friday for the International Joint Commission's handling of Lake Ontario's water levels and urged the Trump administration to replace Commissioners Lana Pollack and Rich Moy. Collins rebuked Pollack in particular for saying a combination of extreme weather, high water levels and ice were the sole reasons for the devastating …

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Niagara Falls Mayor Paul Dyster welcomed more than 300 Great Lakes advocates to the region this week by asking them if they'd heard about the late July black sewage discharge at the American Falls. Most raised their hands. "It took about five minutes for that image to travel around the globe," Dyster said. He added: "Generally speaking, one would say that's a bad…

Environment

Chicago remains ground zero for efforts to keep Asian carp from invading the Great Lakes. But federal and state agencies also are concentrating efforts to block potential connections between the Mississippi River watershed, where the carp are plentiful, and the Great Lakes. That includes at least two spots leading to Lake Erie, a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency …

Environment

The Flint water crisis doesn't make the national news anymore, but it's far from over, a youth development director from the Michigan city said Wednesday at the Great Lakes Restoration Conference in Buffalo. Experts said other communities across the Great Lakes, including Buffalo, face lead crises of their own. "Up to 24 million children up to age 6 will lose IQ poin…

Environment

A perfect storm of high lake levels, ice formation and unprecedented spring rains flooded shoreline communities along Lake Ontario earlier this year, International Joint Commission officials said Tuesday at an environmental conference in Buffalo. The flooding would have happened with or without the new lake-level regulating Plan 2014, according to a panel of experts mee…

Environment

The 13th annual Great Lakes Restoration Conference starts Tuesday in downtown Buffalo. Hundreds of people representing environmental organizations, government agencies, university researchers and others from across the Great Lakes are expected to attend the three-day forum at the Hyatt Regency. The conference highlights restoration projects across the Great Lakes, up…

Bills

Are you ready for some sunshine? The Buffalo Bills will return from the bye week under sunny skies and unseasonably warm temperatures when they host the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday, according to the National Weather Service. Forecasters say it's as certain as a Stephen Hauschka kick from 50 yards or more. In plain English? Here's what you can expect this "a…

Environment

A great horned owl is recovering at a local wildlife rehabilitation facility after being stricken with West Nile Virus. The adult owl was found sick last month on Grand Island and was taken to the SPCA Serving Erie County, according to local wildlife rehabilitator Bernadette Clabeaux. The owl spent about a month at the SPCA's West Seneca facility recuperating before …

Weather

It's great news for late-season allergy sufferers and bad news for sensitive outdoor plants. The first frost of the season is possible this evening, the National Weather Service reported. A frost advisory is posted for Erie, Niagara, Orleans, Genesee and Chautauqua counties from midnight tonight through 8 a.m. Tuesday. "Frost may damage sensitive outdoor plants if…