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Fredonia water customers will need to continue boiling their drinking water until at least Tuesday and possibly longer, the Chautauqua County Health Department reported Monday morning on the state's alert system. A water main break caused the boil-water advisory on Saturday. It affects all water customers of the village water system in Fredonia and nearby town of Po…

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One of Buffalo's warmest Octobers on record could end with the region's first snow flakes of the season, according to early forecasts. Successive shots of cold air will barrage the Buffalo Niagara region starting mid-week, according to the National Weather Service. After two more days of unseasonably warm air (interrupted with some wind and rain association with a pa…

For nearly 40 years, state and federal officials looked into cleaning up radioactive hot spots in Lewiston and Niagara Falls. The owners of those contaminated properties, frustrated by years of inaction, are now suing in federal court in Buffalo. The new suit, filed just a week after Sen. Charles Schumer raised questions about the clean-up delays, identifies three al…

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Rep. Chris Collins reiterated his criticism Friday for the International Joint Commission's handling of Lake Ontario's water levels and urged the Trump administration to replace Commissioners Lana Pollack and Rich Moy. Collins rebuked Pollack in particular for saying a combination of extreme weather, high water levels and ice were the sole reasons for the devastating …

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Niagara Falls Mayor Paul Dyster welcomed more than 300 Great Lakes advocates to the region this week by asking them if they'd heard about the late July black sewage discharge at the American Falls. Most raised their hands. "It took about five minutes for that image to travel around the globe," Dyster said. He added: "Generally speaking, one would say that's a bad…

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Chicago remains ground zero for efforts to keep Asian carp from invading the Great Lakes. But federal and state agencies also are concentrating efforts to block potential connections between the Mississippi River watershed, where the carp are plentiful, and the Great Lakes. That includes at least two spots leading to Lake Erie, a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency …

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The Flint water crisis doesn't make the national news anymore, but it's far from over, a youth development director from the Michigan city said Wednesday at the Great Lakes Restoration Conference in Buffalo. Experts said other communities across the Great Lakes, including Buffalo, face lead crises of their own. "Up to 24 million children up to age 6 will lose IQ poin…

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A perfect storm of high lake levels, ice formation and unprecedented spring rains flooded shoreline communities along Lake Ontario earlier this year, International Joint Commission officials said Tuesday at an environmental conference in Buffalo. The flooding would have happened with or without the new lake-level regulating Plan 2014, according to a panel of experts mee…

Niagara County

A member of the Niagara Falls Water Board said Monday that the board is sorry for the black, smelly sewer discharges that have fouled the Niagara River — and the city's image. But without a massive investment in new infrastructure, the overflows can't be stopped and will continue for years. That was the message from Nicholas J. Forster, the City Council's appoint…

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The 13th annual Great Lakes Restoration Conference starts Tuesday in downtown Buffalo. Hundreds of people representing environmental organizations, government agencies, university researchers and others from across the Great Lakes are expected to attend the three-day forum at the Hyatt Regency. The conference highlights restoration projects across the Great Lakes, up…

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Are you ready for some sunshine? The Buffalo Bills will return from the bye week under sunny skies and unseasonably warm temperatures when they host the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday, according to the National Weather Service. Forecasters say it's as certain as a Stephen Hauschka kick from 50 yards or more. In plain English? Here's what you can expect this "a…

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A great horned owl is recovering at a local wildlife rehabilitation facility after being stricken with West Nile Virus. The adult owl was found sick last month on Grand Island and was taken to the SPCA Serving Erie County, according to local wildlife rehabilitator Bernadette Clabeaux. The owl spent about a month at the SPCA's West Seneca facility recuperating before …

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It's great news for late-season allergy sufferers and bad news for sensitive outdoor plants. The first frost of the season is possible this evening, the National Weather Service reported. A frost advisory is posted for Erie, Niagara, Orleans, Genesee and Chautauqua counties from midnight tonight through 8 a.m. Tuesday. "Frost may damage sensitive outdoor plants if…

Rep. Brian Higgins and others will join Buffalo Niagara Waterkeeper at 10:30 a.m. Monday to provide an update on the habitat restoration at the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation's Ohio Street Boat Launch. Through the use of Great Lakes Restoration Initiative funding, the park will now include enhanced habitat to attract wildlife to the Buffalo …

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Distilling water using the sun’s rays dates back to Aristotle's time. Now, a University at Buffalo startup has found a quick way to do it --  and it could transform how potable water gets to people in developing countries or in areas stricken by natural disasters like earthquakes or hurricanes. The university’s Sunny Clean Water startup said its method is near…