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It's the Western New York Land Conservancy's idea: create a 1.5-mile urban nature trail on an old railroad line connecting Canalside with Solar City. It would be Buffalo’s own “high line.” The land conservancy on Tuesday will gather neighbors, community leaders and leading national experts at Buffalo’s Saturn Club for input. The conservancy doesn't want to just re…

Citizen Science Community Resources, which has been sampling soil around the Tonawanda Coke plant, will offer a citizen science project on Thursday where individuals will be taught how to sample their own soil for hazardous chemicals. "We provide the tools necessary for folks to advocate for themselves," said Jackie James Creedon, a founding activist of CSCR. Creedon…

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Memorial Day in the Southtowns wouldn't be the same without Mickey Rats on the beach. So take heart, Western New York: the popular lakefront bar is coming back. The beach, patio and "a good portion of the existing bar" in Evans will open once again this summer for business and fun-in-the-sun revelry, said William Paladino, CEO of Ellicott Development Co., which purch…

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Don't toss those old bills and records. Mark Earth Day the right way by shredding your paper records from 9 a.m. to noon on April 21 at Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve. The Federal Trade Commission recommends shredding receipts, credit offers, insurance forms, physicians statements, checks and similar documents you no longer need. There will be a limit of six copy…

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After several years of discussion and protests, New York State Parks began Tuesday its first step to transform West River Parkway into a multi-use trail along the Niagara River on Grand Island. Residents began seeing construction vehicles setting up and blocking off roads Tuesday, and a notice that work is expected to commence next week. A large neon sign informed dr…

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As many as 30 residential lots will be excavated this year in Middleport – if their owners agree to go along with state arsenic removal plans. The Department of Environmental Conservation announced Wednesday it will resume work this month on the ongoing removal of soil containing arsenic blown from the FMC Corp. agricultural chemical plant in the village. The work ha…

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Anglers who like to fish in Niagara Falls have a new supply of targets. About 2,500 brown trout were stocked in Hyde Park Lake and nearby Gill Creek Tuesday by the state Department of Environmental Conservation. More than 1,900 trout were dropped into the lake, and another 570 splashed into the creek. The DEC said most of the fish were eight to nine inches long, exce…

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The Town of Niagara plans to acquire a former tire store and gas station on Military Road and clean up environmental contamination before putting the property on the market for commercial reuse. The property at 4435 Military Road, long owned by Lewiston attorney Paul A. Grenga, is currently on the Niagara County tax foreclosure list, after many years in which the county…

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One Bethlehem Steel site on the waterfront is enough. Don't make matters worse by neglecting the former Huntley Generating Station, said environmental activists, teachers and others from the Town of Tonawanda. They converged Monday at the entrance to the former power plant on River Road to call on NRG Energy to evaluate the site and oversee a full cleanup of toxins f…

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A lawsuit filed by two Niagara County residents, claiming CWM Chemical Services illegally processes hazardous waste at its Porter landfill, was dismissed Thursday by State Supreme Court Justice Mark Montour. Thomas R. Smith, attorney for CWM and its parent company, Waste Management, contended the processing is covered by an exception in the company's permit from the sta…

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SALAMANCA – Five of the 11 healthiest watersheds in New York State outside of the Adirondacks are in or around Allegany State Park in Cattaraugus County, a first-of-its-kind state assessment shows. More than two dozen metrics were used to analyze wetland areas near rivers and streams as a way to map the ecological health, stress and resilience of the state's 1,673 s…

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Despite what its consulting engineer said, the Niagara Falls Water Board needs to make sure discharges from its sewer plant do not discolor the Niagara River, as they did last summer, a spokesman for the state Department of Environmental Conservation said Tuesday. DEC spokesman Sean C. Mahar responded to a speech by John Goeddertz, a Water Board consulting engineer, who…

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The color of the treated sewage discharged from the Niagara Falls wastewater treatment plant can be "tweaked," but it cannot be made clear, an engineer said Tuesday at an environmental conference in Buffalo. The only way to produce clear discharges is to convert the plant's treatment system from carbon filtration to a biological process, such as that used in Niagara Fal…

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OLEAN – Last year biologists trapped a mother bear near a person's home in the Olean area. This time they went to the mother bear's home. It was possible to find because of the radio transmitter on a collar they put on the bear last year. The state biologists tracked the bear to a remote hill near the Pennsylvania border – about a 20-minute drive from Olean – wher…

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Lancaster Unleashed, a group of Lancaster dog owners whose plan to build a dog park in the eastern suburbs has gained momentum, has found an ally in newly elected County Legislator John Bruso. "They're a unique group whose members have done an awful lot of prep work already," Bruso said. "I have toured Como Lake Park looking for possible locations. I'm trying to help th…