Niagara River

Ana Hernandez-Balzc / WNY Land Conservancy

The Western New York Land Conservancy is celebrating the start of a new conservation project in Grand Island at the Margery Gallogly Nature Sanctuary.

Its 145 acres of forested wetland on Whitehaven Road. The land conservancy plans to create a system of trails throughout the property. Work on the trail system is set to start next year.

Nancy Smith is the executive director of the Land Conservancy. She says this project has benefits that stretches throughout the region.

Paul Pasquarello, N.Y. Power Authority

It's an annual tradition in the Great Lakes: setting up an ice boom across the eastern end of Lake Erie. 

The boom -- a series of pontoons that stretches nearly two miles -- is designed to cut down on ice jams that could damage properties and the hydroelectric power plant intakes along the Niagara River.

Drug Enforcement Administration

As America confronts the opioid crisis, environmental scientists are warning about a related problem. Chemicals from pain-killers and other drugs often end up in lakes and rivers, creating what some scientists say could be a deadly cocktail for fish and other wildlife.

by ANGELICA A. MORRISON / Strawberry Island wetland restoration project in the Niagara River.

A small island in the Niagara River has received a makeover, thanks to the New York State Power Authority and the state Department of Environmental Conservation.

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Credit Twitter/@MaidOfTheMist

Updated Wednesday, Aug. 3

The recent black, odorous wastewater discharge near the base of Niagara Falls violated New York regulations, a state official says. But it's unclear whether any fines will result.


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