Tag: buffalo river

Mar 28

2016

Cut to U.S. clean water funds could hurt WNY

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The House and Senate budget proposal includes a large cut in clean water funding that could threaten dozens of sewer repair projects in Western New York. Senator Charles Schumer visited Buffalo on Monday to urge Congress to reject the budget proposal to cut 30 percent, or $414 million, from the national Clean Water State Revolving Fund. States tap into this fund to offset the costs of sewer infrastructure improvements. Projects to stem overflows into the Buffalo River, Scajaquada Creek and other local waterways could be at risk, he said. “We can’t afford such a cut to the Clean Water Act, which[...]

Posted 7 years ago

Sep 25

2014

EPA’s new Great Lakes plan helps Buffalo River

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By 2019, enough toxic pollutants should be removed from the Buffalo River to thrust its rebound toward a level of health that would allow people to once again safely eat the fish and possibly even enjoy a swim. That’s one of the chief goals of the Environmental Protection Agency’s second phase of its Great Lakes restoration initiative. But Jill Jedlicka, the executive director of the Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper, cautioned that there won’t be instant gratification for fishermen and swimmers. “It doesn’t mean that by 2019 that you will be able to eat the fish or swim in the water,” said Jedlicka, whose nonprofit group[...]

Posted 8 years ago

Oct 26

2012

Mr. Buffalo River

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A retrospective on Stanley P. Spisiak, who played a huge role in improving national environmental standards. He was a beacon of hope for restoring the Buffalo and Niagara rivers and Lake Erie. His niece, Jill Spisiak-Jedlicka, is the executive director of Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper, which is in charge of remediation of the Buffalo River.

Posted 10 years ago