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Lake Erie fishermen last summer hauled in the biggest catch of walleye in three decades, the state Department of Environmental Conservation reported. The DEC said its analysis of angler surveys revealed that anglers hooked more than 70,000 walleye last year on the lake. That's three times more than the 30-year average catch rate for walleye. And state environmenta…

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When President Donald J. Trump pulled the United States out of the global 2016 Paris Climate Agreement last spring, Erie County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz announced the county would do its part anyway to meet goals for reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Erie County administrators paid a visit to Poloncarz’s office in recent weeks with exciting news. “They said, ‘Gue…

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A company that plans to turn an abandoned North Tonawanda lumber mill into offices for architectural firms is applying for state aid to clean up contamination at the site. In July, Enterprise Lumber and Silo received a 10-year tax break from the Niagara County Industrial Development Agency to renovate the 91-year-old building at 211 Main St. The company, named after one…

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A Lackawanna man baited a backyard with cracked corn to lure in deer and then shot and killed an 8-point buck with a crossbow from his bedroom window, state Department of Environmental Conservation officers reported. Police found the dead deer in a backyard near Boland Drive on Jan. 9, according to the state officers. There was also about 50 pounds of cracked corn on th…

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Exposure to toxic blue-green algae can cause liver, skin and neurological damage to humans and animals. A new study released today by the University of Michigan found that wave action can cause harmful toxins in the slimy algae to become airborne. It also revealed that when toxins were higher in the water, they were higher in the air. The study began on Lake Erie …

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Contamination from a Wheatfield landfill that housed waste from Love Canal isn't affecting neighboring properties, the state Department of Environmental Conservation said Monday. The DEC announced its study into surface, subsurface and groundwater samples it took around the Niagara Sanitation Landfill on Nash Road over the last year show contaminants have not escaped to…

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It's rare that the Buffalo Niagara International Airport tops the regional lake-effect snow list. But, a rare lake-effect snow squall coughed up by a mostly frozen Lake Erie on Wednesday dropped the most – nearly 4 inches – in Cheektowaga, according to reports published this morning by the National Weather Service. That brought the snowfall total in Buffalo to 57.9 i…

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We thought the lake-effect snow season was over. Our hopes, apparently, rested on thin ice. An unexpected round of lake-effect snow pelted metro Buffalo most of Wednesday. It snarled traffic, aggravated motorists and padded the city's seasonal snow total by several inches. It wasn't one for the books by Buffalo's standards. But the fact it happened at all came as …

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Algal blooms have threatened drinking water supplies and affected industries in upstate in recent summers. Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo proposed Tuesday spending $65 million to rid them from upstate's lakes and water bodies. "We have a really serious problem with different bacteria and algal blooms," Cuomo said in his budget speech. "Many of those lakes are sources of drinki…

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The Olmsted Parks Conservancy unveiled Tuesday a host of events for the 150th anniversary of the Frederick Law Olmsted-designed park system in Buffalo. Among the highlights: The launch of an Olmsted app that will allow visitors to view an "augmented reality" of what the historic quarry garden looked like in its own time before the Scajaquada Expressway was buil…

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Every day, every season, can be different on Lake Erie. The coldest winter in years has tightened the opportunities for David Sandford to do what brings him every year to the shore, and he was grateful for what he saw on Dec. 6, when the lake is often at its wildest. Lake Erie, pitching and violent, seemed alive. Sandford moved in and out of the water at Port Stanley, O…

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Melting snow and run-off into area sewers is creating another round of overflows from sewage treatment plants across the Buffalo Niagara region into area waterways, according to the state's emergency alert system. Niagara Falls made the list again. The Niagara Falls wastewater treatment plant reported that at 12:30 p.m. Thursday it was discharging an estimated 1,500 …

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The 1½-inch thick Swedish steel outfitted on the bow of Buffalo’s Edward M. Cotter fireboat churned through more than a half-foot of ice on the Buffalo River Wednesday. It was the third day in a row city crews prepped area creeks and streams for an inevitable January thaw coming Thursday and Friday that the National Weather Service cautioned could pose a risk for ice ja…

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WEST VALLEY – The building where the most highly radioactive materials at the West Valley Demonstration Project were once handled is being torn down. The vitrification plant is where 600,000 gallons of liquid nuclear waste were turned into glass cylinders in the late 1990s and early 2000s. The cylinders were then packaged in fives and welded into steel canisters before …

Hamburg officials are hoping the observation deck at Hamburg Town Park can stay where it is. The state Department of Environmental Conservation told the town last month that the deck, built on the bluff overlooking Lake Erie last summer, violates state law because it was built in a regulated area within a coastal erosion hazard area. The construction required a state pe…