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Hundreds of Sisters of Mercy are expected to lead a walk of prayers to Canalside Friday, where they will advocate for water rights and protection of the Great Lakes. The "Walk for Water" is spurred by the United States' recent withdrawal from the global climate agreement struck in Paris in late 2015. "The U.S. withdrawal from the Paris climate agreement and all threa…

Sherri "Sam" Mason knows accomplishment. So it would be unwise to bet against the 40-something SUNY Fredonia professor when she aims in August to conquer the same waters where she made her breakthrough micro-plastics discovery in the Great Lakes earlier this decade. As if all of her research hasn't raised enough attention, Mason said she aims to complete a 12.5 mile …

Sixteen acres of wildflowers now grow along the New York State Thruway corridor and mowing has been reduced on 225 more acres. Mowing also has been delayed by the state Department of Transportation along the state's highways until the season's monarch butterfly migration is finished. And, nearly three dozen pollinator gardens are now installed at state parks. Thos…

When life deals you hazardous currents, stay out of the water. That's the message from the National Weather Service today. Forecasters issued beach hazards statements for Lake Erie in Erie and Chautauqua counties. The statement cautions that "life-threatening waves and currents are expected" through 11 p.m. tonight. "Stay out of the water and stay away from…

Diana Strablow of the Sierra Club Niagara Group fought National Fuel's proposed 97-mile Northern Access Pipeline project for nearly two years. For her efforts, the Niagara Frontier Chapter of the Adirondack Mountain Club named Strablow its "Conservationist of the Year" during its annual picnic last week at Ellicott Creek Park Casino. The mountain club said Strablow's…

Making housing healthy and free from environmental contaminants like mold, asbestos and lead will be the subject of an event Tuesday by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority and the Community Foundation of Greater Buffalo. The "Energy + Health + Housing: Unlocking Potential in New York State" event will be held at 10 a.m. at the Martin House Compl…

The 135-foot cell tower originally planned for a Little League ballpark could now make its way into Stiglmeier Park. It also may take root by the library at Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve. A third alternative suggested by Cheektowaga officials would place the tower behind a hot dog stand on Transit Road. The tower would be built on North Seine Drive on a parcel of lan…

Attention animal lovers: Do not touch/pet/pick up that cute/abandoned/injured little fox/raccoon/skunk. You are dooming it to die. Recently, an Erie County resident picked up an abandoned baby skunk by the side of the road. Another man and his son pulled over and "saved" three baby raccoons, feeding and cuddling them after their mother had been hit by a car. All of t…

Last summer’s drought kept the sand and surf at Lake Erie’s beaches the cleanest in five years, so the beaches usually remained open. But the region's second-wettest spring on record has changed the outlook for this year's swimming season. Beachgoers in 2017 can expect beaches to be closed to swimming more often. The increased rainfall – nearly 17.5 inches sinc…

Lake Erie was listed as the state's top spot for bass fishing, and the fourth-best lake in the nation last year by Bassmaster magazine. Saturday, anglers will start reeling in 2017's crop when the season opens for the state's "most popular freshwater sportfish," the state Department of Environmental Conservation announced Wednesday. "Regardless of size, black bass ar…

Do you want to create your own native plant garden, but you're not sure how? Sally Cunningham will show all the tips and tricks to do so at an event from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Friday at the Meibohm Fine Arts gallery on Main Street in East Aurora, according to the Western New York Land Conservancy. Cunningham is a certified nursery and landscape professional and garden write…

Gastown, a state Superfund property in the City of Tonawanda, will require continued monitoring but has met requirements for cleanup set by the state Department of Environmental Conservation, the agency certified Wednesday. Nine years ago, the DEC ordered National Fuel Gas to remediate contamination at the site, which was discovered by the nearby Gastown Sportsmen's Clu…

A Hamburg geologist who is a member of the West Valley Citizen Task Force will give a lecture next week about how the climate could impact decision-making for cleanup work at the West Valley Demonstration Project. Raymond C. Vaughan, who has served on various local environmental and conservation boards and organizations, will be the guest speaker at the Western New York…

Seven months ago, state and federal authorities seized control of a Town of Tonawanda chemical supplier allegedly stockpiling thousands of tons of chemicals. Tuesday, the scene was safe enough for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to offer reporters a safety-vest and hard-hat behind-the-scenes peek of the cleanup. A light epoxy or solvent smell permeated the i…

Fifteen new full-service cottages will be added to the Quaker Area at Allegany State Park. The state Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation determined the construction of the cottages would "not have a significant adverse environmental impact," according to a notice published late last week by the state Department of Environmental Conservation. The 82…