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Last year, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo introduced a $2.5 billion program for clean water infrastructure as a way to assist communities plagued by sewage overflows, aged pipes and poor water quality. The effort will continue this year, Cuomo said during his State of the State address Wednesday. The state needs to improve drinking water quality and also eliminate harmful alga…

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Soil could be excavated and removed from nine residential lots in the Lowertown section of Lockport because of test results showing what the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency calls "slightly elevated levels of lead" in the ground. Residents could refuse to allow the EPA to work at their homes, but Frank Fitzsimmons of Mill Street said Wednesday he favors the plan. …

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Imagine hiking or biking along a 25-foot-high elevated nature trail between Canalside and SolarCity. The Western New York Land Conservancy — and many residents in the Old First Ward and the Valley — can. A roughly 1.5-mile linear park that runs along the old Delaware, Lackawanna and Western (DL&W) Railroad line overlooking some of Buffalo's most historic — and re…

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A railroad company owned by Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway Inc. has agreed to remove its rail cars from New York's Adirondack Forest Preserve. Environmentalists and state officials had objected to plans by railroad companies, including Berkshire Hathaway's Union Tank Car Company, to store derelict oil-tank railcars on a roughly 22-mile rail line that runs from the …

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Sewage overflowed into Scajaquada Creek, Cazenovia Creek, Eighteen Mile Creek and other creeks Tuesday and today from wastewater treatment plants overwhelmed from melting snow. NY-Alert, the state's emergency alert system, reported overflows in Lancaster, Cheektowaga, Derby, Blasdell, West Seneca and the Town of Tonawanda. Typically, sewage overflows get more att…

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Eight Western New York livestock farms will benefit from a portion of a $20 million award from New York State's $2.5 billion Clean Water Infrastructure Act, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo announced Wednesday. Three farms each in both Chautauqua and Allegany counties are on the list of 56 farms statewide. Grants there will total nearly $2 million. One farm each in Erie and Cattara…

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Niagara Falls' wastewater treatment plant, which malfunctioned spectacularly this summer in an incident that brought the city worldwide derision, is being earmarked for special aid from Albany. Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul announced Tuesday that Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo will ask the State Legislature for $20 million for what she described as the first phase of improvements at the …

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The Lake Erie-Niagara River ice boom is in place for the winter. Crews began installing the 1.7-mile long ice boom on schedule Saturday and finished Sunday, according to Lou Paonessa, a spokesman for the New York Power Authority. The boom is installed when the temperature of Lake Erie reaches 39 degrees, which happened last Thursday. The International Joint Commis…

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Correcting inflow and infiltration into Cheektowaga's sewer lines will be the chief aim of a $5 million state grant to improve the town's wastewater system, state and town officials said Thursday. The grant comes from the state's $2.5 billion pool of money allocated for water quality improvements. It will help Cheektowaga with its ongoing efforts to line its sanitary…

Business

Ecology & Environment's first-quarter profits fell by 40 percent as a slowdown in its U.S. environmental services work offset a rebound in its South American business. The Lancaster environmental services firm said its profits fell to $533,000, or 12 cents per share, during the quarter that ended in October, down from $888,000, or 21 cents per share, a year earlier.…

Niagara County

A manager of a landfill cited as being the source of a pervasive, foul odor told Town of Niagara officials that the company is taking necessary steps to clear the air but there's "no simple fix." Joseph Zwirecki, general manager of Allied Waste Services, the 377-acre landfill that stretches from Niagara Falls Boulevard to nearly Portage Road, said his company has made p…

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All of that snow that fell during November 2014's twin lake-effect storms amounted to about 210 billion gallons of water. Nearly all of the moisture was sucked up from the surface of Lake Erie, transformed into clouds and dumped in the form of 7 feet of snow across the Buffalo Niagara region. The storm lowered the lake level by 1.22 inches. Scientists know this be…

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State Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Basil Seggos today called Rosemary Billquist's death "incredibly tragic." And, completely preventable. "Even one incident is too many," Seggos said. "Every single hunting incident that we see is preventable. Hunting incidents are preventable." Seggos added: "None of these incidents are acceptable. It's ju…

Buffalo

A coyote that slipped inside the gates of Forest Lawn's bucolic urban burial ground this fall killed a litter of fawns to a resident family of deer. A coyote also chased at least two people visiting the cemetery, according to state Department of Environmental Conservation reports. “The coyote that has been seen on the grounds of Forest Lawn needs to be removed,” Fore…

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A state freshwater wetland will be disturbed, but some Lake Ontario shoreline residents could get some relief through a fill to protect a campgrounds, according to the state Department of Environmental Conservation. The DEC announced today it tentatively determined that 20,000 cubic feet of fill can be used by the owners of the Willow Beach Campground in Porter in order…