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Continuing the progress of Great Lakes restoration while solving the watershed's emerging challenges were the top topics of discussion at Tuesday's public meeting held by the International Joint Commission in Buffalo. Some of the top goals? An international designation of importance for the Niagara River. The elimination of sewage overflows. More wetlands an…

The people who shape Great Lakes policy are in Buffalo Tuesday and they want to hear from you. Do you fish Lake Ontario? Swim at Woodlawn Beach State Park? Boat out of the Small Boat Harbor, Sturgeon Point or Barcelona? Now's your chance to speak up. Restoring the Great Lakes and tackling the environmental challenges facing them will be discussed at a public meeti…

Thank Winter Storm Stella for driving the final stake into Western New York's drought. For the first time since last May 24, the National Drought Monitor in its weekly report that the region is entirely free of drought or abnormally dry soil conditions. The nearly 10-month stretch was the longest consecutive dry spell on record in Erie and Niagara counties, since t…

Ice chunks the size of cannon balls exploded from cone-shaped formations off of Point Gratiot in Dunkirk during last week’s Nor’easter. On both shores of Lake Ontario, icy hills or mountains spew plumes of sand, water, ice – and even fish. [PHOTO GALLERY: Ice volcanoes on Lake Erie] Moving pictures streamed to social media are capturing similar icy eruptions…

The results of private soil sampling around their homes late last year confirmed some of the decades-long fears of residents in a North Tonawanda neighborhood. A toxic stew from nearby landfill, which once housed waste from Love Canal, was detected in their yards, they said. Now, a separate investigation by the state Department of Environmental Conservation will incl…

Maple Weekend starts Saturday and Sunday at 60 maple producers across Western New York and the rest of the state. The annual event will continue on March 25 and 26, and runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. Erie County participants include: Smith’s Maple, 5257 Maple Road in Hamburg Stony Acres Maple, 2627 Three Rod Road in East Aurora Maple Glen Sugar H…

The state's top fish catches from 2016 were recognized late Thursday by the state Department of Environmental Conservation. Entries came in from 39 counties statewide and Chautauqua County placed in the state's top five counties for anglers, officials said. The others were Suffolk, Warren, Onondaga and Essex counties. "The Angler Achievement Awards program recogni…

MIDDLEPORT - Two softball fields on the Royalton-Hartland Central School campus will be excavated, starting in May, in the latest phase of the removal of arsenic from the soil in  Middleport. The source of the arsenic is the FMC Corp. agricultural chemical plant, which has been using arsenic as an ingredient in its products for decades. The southernmost of the …

Misa Yasumiishi grew up near Fukushima, Japan, but was in Clarence when reactors went into meltdown at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. Six years ago Saturday, a massive earthquake set off the tragic chain of events. When a tsunami tore apart the nuclear facility, radiation spewed out over a large area and forced people in the affected towns and cities to eva…

The 13 hunting-related shooting incidents across New York State last year were the lowest since records started being kept in 1958, the state Department of Environmental Conservation reported. But four of them proved fatal, including one in late November in Chautauqua County where a 50-year-old Jamestown man accidentally shot himself in the chest. The four deaths fol…

The National Weather Service issued a high wind warning from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Wednesday for the Niagara Frontier as well as Chautauqua and Monroe counties. Stiff southwest winds of 25 to 35 mph are expected Wednesday with gusts up to 60 mph, forecasters caution. The high wind warning means "sustained winds of 40 mph are expected for at least an hour with gusts of 58…

A public hearing Monday night before the Lancaster Town Board to discuss a six-month moratorium on solar farm development drew residents from Alden and Buffalo who shed light on the advantages of solar energy. "When it comes to zoning laws, we are all addicted to electricity that comes down the energy grid," said a resident of County Line Road in Alden. "With legislativ…

The ice boom is coming out early again. New York Power Authority marine crews began work Monday morning to remove the 22-span barrier where Lake Erie flows into the Niagara River. “The last time I talked to them, they’d removed a couple sections before noon,” said Andrew Kornacki, chief of public affairs for the Buffalo District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engine…