$23 million in state grants aim to prevent sewage overflows, protect WNY waters

$23 million in state grants aim to prevent sewage overflows, protect WNY waters

Downtown is reflected in the water at the small boat harbor on Friday. (Sharon Cantillon/Buffalo News)

A Wales forest will grow by a couple hundred acres to protect the Niagara River’s water quality miles downstream.

Six miles of Town of Tonawanda sewers will be lined to keep sewage from overflowing into Ellicott Creek and the Niagara River.

Mechanical and computer upgrades will help Buffalo hold back stormwater and sewage from … [more…]

Antidepressants found in fish brains in Great Lakes region

photo: rock bass - Antidepressants found in fish brains in Great Lakes region

A rock bass. This stock image may not be republished.

Researchers have detected build-ups of human antidepressants in the brains of this fish species, among others, in the Niagara River, which links Lake Erie with Lake Ontario. The drugs enter rivers and lakes from treatment plants and sewage overflows, threatening aquatic life, scientists say.

BUFFALO, N.Y. — Human antidepressants are building up in the brains of bass, walleye and several … [more…]