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Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo today declared a state of emergency in Niagara County and in seven other New York counties along Lake Ontario because of high lake levels. No evacuation of residents has been ordered, but the governor warned during his visit to Olcott that widespread flooding could hit lakefront communities like it did two years ago. The state of emergency was al…

Plans to dig a 7-acre, 10 million-gallon fertilizer storage pit on a Royalton farm have sparked disagreement between town officials and the developer. Denali Water Solutions operates anaerobic digesters in Wheatfield and West Seneca. They use microbes to turn food waste into methane gas that can be used to generate electricity. The digesters, built by Quasar Energy Grou…

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More than 2,200 volunteers are expected to sweep Buffalo Niagara's shorelines at 60 separate sites this weekend to collect trash and clean up the landscape. The 14th annual shoreline sweep is part of a host of activities for Buffalo Niagara Waterkeeper Weekend that kicks off the 2019 water season. The sweep runs from 10 a.m. to noon. A full list of sites is posted on…

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An anchorage arm required to operate the Black Rock lock failed Thursday during preparations to open the lock for the upcoming navigation season, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said. Corps of Engineers said work to repair the faulty arm on the downstream gate to the lock will likely continue into next week. Officials said repairs were done over the winter to th…

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Buffalo already has the 2018-19 big city snow title in the bag. So, it must be resting some snowflakes until next season. Elsewhere around the country? Flakes were still flying in nearly a dozen states. The University of Colorado Boulder's spring commencement ceremony was shortened Thursday – by a snowstorm. The outdoor event was dubbed "snow-mencement" and gra…

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Buffalo RiverWorks and Buffalo Niagara Waterkeeper are taking Buffalo’s water renaissance party upriver. RiverWorks' developer Earl Ketry, Waterkeeper’s Executive Director Jill Jedlicka and Amanda Mays, the regional director of Empire State Development, met at RiverWorks on a sultry Thursday afternoon and announced a collaborative multimillion-dollar waterfront access a…

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World Migratory Bird Day is Saturday. By the looks of it, flocks of birds arrived at Niagara Falls a few days ahead of time to take in the sights – and ample fish. Gulls, some of which may be year-round residents, were observed in numbers too big to count by sight in the Niagara Gorge and around Niagara Falls State Park this week. It's one of Western New York's mo…

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Van Robinson, an early believer in pulling out a highway that once seemed immovable, was among the last to hear of it when his dream of many years cleared a major procedural hurdle last month. Today, the reality that his great hope even made it this far is the lesson in faith he offers Buffalo. Robinson retired in 2017 after 18 years on the Syracuse Common Council, i…

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For generations, throngs of tourists sailing the Maid of the Mist fleet beneath Niagara Falls have experienced the roar of the cataract, the splash of the river – and the fog of diesel fumes. Scratch the diesel fumes from future Maid of the Mist vessels following the venerable tour company’s Friday announcement that it will launch North America’s first all-electric pass…

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Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo said this morning that state officials will meet Thursday with the international agency that regulates outflows from Lake Ontario as local officials and property owners in Niagara County brace for high water levels that threaten to flood the lakeshore. "I believe New York State has been disrespected in that process, " Cuomo said of the International…

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On Sunday, the water temperature at Buffalo Harbor went from 32 degrees to 33 degrees. So if you're not a fan of seeing an icy Lake Erie in May, that comes as good news: The ice is melting. But look at the Buffalo Harbor or the Niagara River, however, and it's apparent the remnants of winter won't vanish overnight. Ice floes inundate the harbor. Chunks of ice float a…

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New York State has begun stockpiling sandbags in strategic locations around Lake Ontario in preparation for possible flooding as the ice on the lake continues to thaw. More than 216,000 sandbags have been deployed to Cayuga, Jefferson, Monroe, Niagara, Orleans, Oswego, St. Lawrence and Wayne counties, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo announced in a statement Sunday. The state also …

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The City of Buffalo wants to expand a pilot program for food waste collection to include various drop-off locations throughout the city during specific times. "Food waste is the largest component of our remaining waste in our garbage totes right now. So this is just a way for us to allow our residents a way to reduce their waste stream" in the garbage totes, said Susan …

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Volunteers from all over Western New York will help clean up the Central Terminal on Saturday – to help prepare the iconic property for the event season, as it transitions from winter to summer. Buffalo Central Terminal Restoration Corp. is sponsoring the annual spring cleanup from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Food and drink will be available at the cleanup at 495 Pad…