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The bugs seem to be everywhere this spring, right? Pesky mosquitoes. Ticks. Swarms of sandflies. Even fungus gnats. This spring’s bug invasion could be the unwelcome trade-off for all that February golf. “We’re not getting the harsh winters,” said Peter Tripi, public health sanitarian for the Erie County Health Department. “They’re surviving." Stir into the mix…

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The flow of water out of Lake Ontario will continue to be set at nearly 2.7 million gallons per second for at least one more week, the International Joint Commission said Thursday. That's the fastest outflow ever allowed from the lake since the creation of the St. Lawrence Seaway in the late 1950s. It matches records set in 1993 and 1998. The binational Great Lakes r…

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Fiddleheads and ferns. Jack-in-the-pulpit. Cone flowers. They're among the plants featured in an art exhibition in East Aurora. "The Art of Native Plants" exhibition opens with a reception from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Meibohm Fine Arts gallery at 478 Main St. in the village. Proceeds from sales of the artwork will benefit the Western New York Land Conser…

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Shirley Nicholas never gave up. Now, the Lockport woman's tenacious advocacy for a thorough cleanup of Eighteen Mile Creek and its surrounding contaminated properties has earned her the highest award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Nicholas will receive the EPA's Environmental Champion Award on Wednesday prior to the start of a meeting of the Lockport …

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Fish biologists from the state Department of Environmental Conservation will provide details on the state of the fisheries on Lake Erie and the Niagara River and solicit input from anglers later this month in Woodlawn. A seminar will include updates on lake sturgeon studies and work in Buffalo Harbor and a newly released steelhead management plan. The seminar will be he…

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The months of rain and snow melting into Lake Erie has swelled its water level to the highest level since 1998, and a U.S. Corps of Engineers' forecast released Monday projects the lake will remain 4 to 9 inches above average through November. On the U.S. and Canadian shores, beaches are disappearing, piers are rising and shoreline walkways are swamped by water. “It’…

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The environmental impact that Tonawanda Coke has had on surrounding communities is being measured in soil sample studies. Community meetings to discuss the collection of soil samples begin at 6 p.m. tonight at Sheridan Parkside Community Center, 169 Sheridan Parkside Drive, Tonawanda. The soil sample studies were funded as part of an $11 million health study ordered …

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A door opened to scientists six years ago when a fisherman accidentally hooked a dinosaur-looking lake sturgeon in Buffalo Harbor. It proved that the lake’s longest-surviving native fish species endured. This spring, state and federal biologists captured and tagged about three dozen sturgeon in the channel between the U.S. Coast Guard Station in Buffalo and the city’…

Hazardous waste drop-off collections will be held in Orchard Park and Amherst this summer, the Erie County Department of Environment & Planning announced. The first will be from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, June 3 at the ECC South, 4041 Southwestern Blvd., Orchard Park. The event in Amherst will be held 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 5 at ECC North, 6205 Main St. …

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Buffalo Mayor Byron W. Brown has condemned President Donald J. Trump for withdrawing from the Paris climate agreement. "Climate change is a global challenge requiring immediate attention," Brown said in a statement posted to Facebook and Twitter. "I am proud to have signed on to the US Climate Alliance and the US Conference of Mayor's Climate Protection Agreement. I…

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The bird wasn’t hard to spot several hundred yards offshore. Extending its large wings, which took nearly two seconds to fully flap, the bird flew downstream from a green buoy and swooped down to the water for food a few times. It was surrounded by a flock of seagulls. If this were Miami or Sarasota, no big deal. But this was a brown pelican. On an island in the N…

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Think you have to hike to experience a trail? Think again, says the American Hiking Society, which has designated June 3 as National Trails Day. The annual occasion is designed to encourage everyone to explore trails on foot, by bicycle, on a horse or in a boat, kayak or canoe. Some designated trails also allow motorized users. Those interested in finding a specia…

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Residents across New York State can now find out how clean their drinking water is – and what chemicals might be affecting it – by going online. The New York Public Interest Research Group unveiled its "What's In My Water" project Tuesday. The research project into the state's more than 2,300 public water systems helps to give users a "one-stop shop" spot – nypirg.or…

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The Clean Air Coalition wants the state  to hold a meeting for Tonawanda residents to answer their questions and provide details concerning a plan for reprocessing waste at the Tonawanda Coke site. Earlier this month, the Department of Environmental Conservation proposed "an expedited cleanup"  on a part of Tonawanda Coke's site near the Niagara River where contaminants…

Officials from eight Erie County municipalities announced Thursday their support for state legislation that would create a tax credit for homeowners that incur costs due to the emerald ash borer. A bill sponsored by State Sen. Tim Kennedy, D-Buffalo, would provide a tax credit to property owners who have to treat or remove an ash tree due to an infestation of the emeral…