Veronica Volk

Great Lakes Today Reporter/Producer

Veronica was born and raised on the New Jersey shore, where she was exposed to issues affecting coastal communities. In 2014, she traded the salt water for fresh water when she moved within 10 miles of the shores of Lake Ontario. Now based at WXXI in Rochester, N.Y., she previously worked as senior producer of the weekly public affairs show Cityscape at WFUV Public Radio, the station of alma mater Fordham University.

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Veronica Volk

What does a dairy cow have to do with keeping the environment healthy? At the recent Great Lakes Restoration Conference in Buffalo people were invited to witness that connection first hand -- and how it played into one farmer’s economic survival.


Veronica Volk / WXXI News

Julie Cataldo is strapped into a harness as she sits in her wheelchair just a few feet from the edge of the Erie Canal. A hydraulic lift hoists her from the chair and swings her out over the water.

The lift lowers her into a kayak, and its operator adjusts her seat.


Veronica Volk / Great Lakes Today

Last year, 72 dams across the US were demolished; hundreds more were removed in the past ten. Most dam removals are part of an effort to restore rivers and the animals that live there. But when a dam across the St. Regis River in Upstate New York was removed late last year, the Mohawk people that live there saw it as an opportunity to reclaim the land and use it to express their culture and heritage.


This spring's heavy rain in the Lake Ontario region had quite an impact on homeowners, but it also affected the water offshore. The rainfall overwhelmed sewage systems in cities around the lake, and pushed tens of millions of gallons of raw sewage into the water.


Veronica Volk

For a lot of people and business around Lake Ontario, flooding put summer on hold. Now that the water is going down, businesses are coming back, including an amusement park on one of Toronto's harbor islands.


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