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It’s been a frustrating summer for those who want to swim at Woodlawn State Park. Erie County health officials banned swimming 38 out of 56 days because their forecast models predicted poor water quality. What’s more annoying? On at least 22 of those days, the water turned out better than forecast and was safe for swimming. “Something’s happening and all of u…

If you like catfish, you may want to head to Hyde Park Lake in Niagara Falls, where 2,500 channel catfish were stocked Thursday, providing new targets for anglers. The young fish are six to eight inches long and were bought by the city from Hickling's Fish Farm in Edmeston with a $5,000 grant from the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Cities Initiative. They are said to favor s…

A possible tornado ripped through Southern Erie County today, ripping off roofs, snapping trees and blowing out windows of cars. Over 6,000 people had no power as of 6 p.m., according to National Grid and NYSEG. [See photos of the storm damage] Erie County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz issued a "no unnecessary travel advisory" for southern Erie County, particularly …

Labatt USA's decision to join with Buffalo Niagara River and adopt the cleanup of Buffalo River corridor as a voluntary corporate project is elemental. The first ingredient in Labatt Blue's pilsner is water. Labatt and Riverkeeper will join forces four times over the next four months on community cleanup and restoration events in Buffalo, including Saturday at Seneca…

Crews have cleared invasive plants and dead trees along the Buffalo River shoreline near the Buffalo Motor & Generator Corp. on Ohio Street. The habitat restoration project seeks to restore about 240 feet of shoreline in the nearly one-quarter acre stretch along the river. "Over the last week, crews have cleared four dumpsters worth of invasive plant materials an…

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has asked nine City of Lockport residential property owners for permission to take soil samples at their homes. EPA spokesman Michael Basile said the agency is trying to determine whether there was off-site contamination from the former Flintkote plant on Mill Street, which the EPA tore down last year in a Superfund cleanup proj…

It looks like toxic blue-green algae has returned to Red House Lake at Allegany State Park. A suspicious small localized algal bloom was spotted Friday, according to the state Department of Environmental Conservation. The visual report has not yet been confirmed by a laboratory sample. The lake is one of seven lakes or other bodies of water across the state ad…

A Holland landowner used a gasoline storage tank to devise a makeshift culvert in a protected trout stream, the state's environmental conservation department reported. The discovery was made late last month by state Environmental Conservation Officer Mark Mazurkiewicz and members of the DEC's fisheries staff. Authorities found the landowner cut the ends off of a 2,00…

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service survey crews will take to the upper Niagara River, lower Buffalo River and Cattaraugus Creek later this month to estimate the numbers of invasive sea lamprey in those waters, the federal agency reported today. The survey will be done between July 25 and Aug. 3. "The information gathered will be used to determine the need for sea lamprey…

A peregrine falcon fledgling is being treated at the SPCA Serving Erie County after breaking its shoulder last week in downtown Buffalo, the SPCA reported. "It's a broken coracoid," said Barb Haney, the wildlife director for the SPCA. "It's in a cage wrap and a wing wrap." And because Franklin wasn't eating on his own, he is being fed "gourmet mouse" and quail meat b…

The federal program that helped pay for the cleanup of the Buffalo River, fight invasive species in the Great Lakes and restore sturgeon in Buffalo Harbor is fully funded in the 2018 appropriations bill released by the House Appropriations Committee on Tuesday. The bill calls for $300 million to support the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative and Great Lakes Water Quali…

If you haven’t spotted the stark white head of a bald eagle somewhere in the Buffalo Niagara sky, it might be time to get out of the house more often. Eagles are back in historically high numbers, according to a recent report by the state Department of Environmental Conservation. The DEC reported a record-high 442 bald eagle breeding territories statewide in 2016, …

The state Department of Environmental Conservation reported Tuesday that toxic chemicals from the old Niagara Sanitation landfill cannot be found on the surface on properties surrounding the site on the Wheatfield-North Tonawanda border. The DEC said it tested the top two inches of soil on 23 properties abutting or close to the landfill. The agency said the results "con…

A pair of large water system projects in northern Chautauqua County passed state environmental hurdles on the way toward upcoming construction, according to the Department of Environmental Conservation. Brocton's plan to abandon its water treatment plant and build infrastructure to connect with the city of Dunkirk for water was determined not to have "a significant adve…