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East Aurora, Buffalo and Jamestown will be beneficiaries of land trust grant monies allocated by the state Department of Environmental Conservation. The DEC announced Wednesday that 58 land trust groups statewide would receive portions of $1.8 million in Conservation Partnership Program grants. Locally, grants were awarded to: the Western New York Land Conservan…

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Scajaquada Creek isn't the color of Frank's Red Hot anymore. But, the state Department of Environmental Conservation will continue its probe into the release of a highly concentrated mulch dye that colored the creek red from Lancaster to Buffalo Tuesday and early Wednesday. DEC officials said late Wednesday that the source of the spill at Superior Pallets on Walden A…

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Emergency management officials in the Town of Lancaster said "it looks worse than it is." But it looked pretty bad. Scajaquada Creek, a stream constantly plagued by sewage overflows during heavy rains, was dyed red Tuesday when rainwater apparently helped mulch dyes from a Walden Avenue company run off into the creek. "We're monitoring the flow of it now," said Ro…

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Saturday is the day to take your unused pharmaceuticals back to one of several collection sites available across the Buffalo Niagara region. The twice-a-year program is designed to make sure the drugs don't fall into the wrong hands. As an added benefit, it also protects the environment and area waterways, according to New York Sea Grant. That's why Sea Grant …

The Amherst Planning Board has delayed voting on a mixed-used project of 152 apartments and retail stores proposed for the northwest corner of town because its members want more details about how the development will affect wetlands that mark the property. The board voted 4-2 to table Rane Management's application at last week's meeting. But Rane President Anthony Cutai…

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An annual conference that highlights restoration efforts and needs across the Great Lakes will be back in Buffalo in October, the Healing Our Waters - Great Lakes Coalition announced Monday. The 13th annual Great Lakes Restoration Conference will be held Oct. 17-19 at the Hyatt Regency at Fountain Plaza. It's the three-day conference's first visit to Buffalo since 20…

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National Fuel is asking for federal appellate review of the state Department of Environmental Conservation's denial earlier this month of its proposed 97-mile Northern Access Pipeline. The Williamsville-based company filed a petition Friday with the Second Circuit of the U.S. Court of Appeals seeking a review of the DEC's April 7 denial of its application for a water qu…

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Now that downtown has been selected as the location for a new train station, the peregrine falcons nesting atop the Central Terminal need not be concerned about Amtrak trains pulling into and out of the East Side landmark. On the horizon, though, is a developer who has been negotiating for more than a year to buy the terminal, with a deal possibly weeks or months away. …

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By Jashonda Williams – Contributing Writer Although the health of our environment impacts us all, not everyone is concerned about it. There’s still lot of work to be done spreading awareness and importance of a sustainable environment. Earth Week – which has taken place this week and culminates with Earth Day on Saturday – has been a tradition at the University at Bu…

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Erie County’s air earned a good grade for its low amount of soot pollution but received a barely passing mark for smog pollution in the American Lung Association's annual air quality report released Wednesday. For the first time since 2014, Erie County received a passing grade from the American Lung Association. It wasn't the kind of grade you'd want to take home to …

The granddaughter of former Supreme Court Justice Robert H. Jackson will lead a panel discussion on "How Vital is Corporate Environmental Responsibility?" Julia Craighill, an architect in Chevy Chase, Md., will open the program at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the Jackson Center, 305 E. Fourth St., Jamestown, with reflections on her grandfather's experiences in Chautauqua County …

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The state Department of Environmental Conservation announced Monday that it will ask residents living near a Wheatfield landfill to allow soil and groundwater testing on their land. More than 160 current and former residents of the North Tonawanda neighborhood near the Niagara Sanitation landfill have filed lawsuits or notices of claim against the Town of Wheatfield, wh…

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New York State's record-spending clean water infrastructure bill will tackle projects from new water and sewer lines for cities to a new septic system at a rural house. The $2.5 billion for big and small projects will go a long way to improve the quality of lakes, streams and rivers, state legislators said Monday. Members of the Western New York State Legislative del…

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Lake Ontario's high waters are causing erosion on the shoreline of Niagara County. That is why boaters are urged to stay at least 500 feet off shore. “We are concerned about shoreline erosion, submerged docks, and debris close to the shoreline," Sheriff James R. Voutour said. "State Navigation Law requires a 100-foot ‘no wake zone.’ However, we are asking boaters to …

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By 2030, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo wants half of New York State's energy to come from renewable energy sources like wind and solar power. He expects natural gas to play a big part in bridging the gap as coal and nuclear plants around the state are decommissioned. But Cuomo, in a meeting Tuesday morning at The Buffalo News, defended the state Department of Environmental Co…