Veronica Volk

Veronica Volk is a Reporter/Producer for WXXI News.  She comes from WFUV Public Radio, where she began her broadcasting career as a reporter covering the Bronx, and the greater New York City area. She later became the Senior Producer of WFUV’s weekly public affairs show, Cityscape.
Originally from Ocean County, New Jersey, Veronica got her B.A. in Communication and Media Studies at Fordham University, concentrating on Media, Culture, and Society.

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GREAT LAKES TODAY - 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. 

John Kramer can trace the history of his family’s farm back to the 1800s. Despite that long history, a few years ago, like a lot of other farmers, he suffered a setback.

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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. 

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.

For months, the closure of the Toronto Islands has put their main attraction -- the Centreville Amusement Park -- on hiatus. Now, after 80 days, the islands are open to the public again.

Shawnda Walker is the director of marketing for the park. She says they've been preparing for this day for a long time.


(GREAT LAKES TODAY) - Despite a White House proposal to eliminate $300 million for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, the House Appropriations Committee voted late Tuesday to fully fund the program through September 2018. 

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ROCHESTER (WXXI) - Public beaches along the Lake Ontario shoreline are under water, which may put a damper on some summer plans. Ontario Beach Park is a public beach in Rochester, right on Lake Ontario. 

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ROCHESTER (WXXI) - Water levels on Lake Ontario may be peaking, but for lakefront homeowners, the worst is far from over. However, there were developments Monday involving some help from the state. Governor Cuomo's office announced he's making $10 million available to help flood victims. 

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ROCHESTER (Great Lakes Today) - No, according to Frank Sciremammano. Sciremammano isn't an apologist for the new plan that regulates lake levels. He acknowledges that it could contribute to problems in the future. But he attributes this spring's flooding to record rainfall -- and some moves made this winter to manage ice. 

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ROCHESTER (WXXI) - A little house on the shore of Lake Ontario is gaining national attention. After being pummeled with water, cold air and high winds, portions of the house that face the lake are covered in thick layers of ice. The ice house, as it's come to be known, is actually one of a string of frozen houses along the south shore of the lake in Webster, N.Y. 


Every year, hundreds of commercial ships make their way through the St. Lawrence seaway, taking on and letting out water to maintain stability as they load and unload cargo. This ballast water is regulated to prevent the spread of invasive species, but there is some disagreement about who should be in charge of those regulations. 

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(WXXI) Jon Gee of Environment and Climate Change Canada stands on a platform overlooking a part of the Hamilton, Ontario, harbor called Randle Reef. It's one of the most polluted sites on Canada’s side of the Great Lakes. 


(WXXI) Congress' approval of a spending bill will renew funding for a program that aids Great Lakes waters and surrounding lands. The Great Lakes Restoration Initiative has funded everything from water treatment upgrades to fish spawning habitats to toxic cleanups. 


Every year, the Salmon River Fish Hatchery in Altmar, raises millions of fish to be stocked in Lake Ontario and Lake Erie. 

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(WXXI) A program to fund restoration and remediation projects in the Great Lakes region has an uncertain future.

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(WXXI) Plastic debris is pervasive in the waters that feed the Great Lakes, according to a new study published by the United States Geological Survey.

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(WXXI) Some of the migratory songbirds that pass through the Great Lakes region are already on the move, and volunteers at the Braddock Bay Bird Observatory are preparing for them. Hundreds of species – swallows, finches, warblers and more -- visit the observatory on the shore of Lake Ontario, just west of Rochester. 

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Wedged between Fletcher Street and the waterfront is a long row of warehouses. They used to be a paper mill, but these days they are home to Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary. 

Farmers Help Limit Algae In Great Lakes

Jul 5, 2016

(WXXI) Summers along the Great Lakes include fishing, boating -- and dangerous algae blooms that can shut down beaches. These blooms are caused by excess phosphorous, a lot of which comes from farms. Now some of the region's farmers are testing agricultural practices that could reduce harmful runoff.


(WXXI) A schooner that sank off the shores of New York in Lake Ontario almost a century and a half ago has been discovered.

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Senator Schumer is calling on his colleagues in the congress to pass legislation that would help domestic violence victims and their pets.


Three New York institutions are getting help from the EPA to fight invasive species in the Great Lakes basin.


(WXXI) A Great Lakes restoration program has been reauthorized by the House of Representatives, but awaits final approval in the Senate.

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The New York Attorney General is calling for a recall on certain toys in found in New York stores. Eric Schneiderman says there's a reason for lead level limits in the Consumer Product Safety Act.

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(WXXI) With primary day just around the corner, presidential campaigns are going to be hitting New York hard with political advertising.

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(WXXI) Senator Chuck Schumer says he's introducing a bill to the Senate to make the use of online ticket-buying bots a federal crime. In this context, the term bots refers to software used by individuals or companies to buy large quantities of tickets online, which are then sold on other websites for more money.

A man in Rochester who pleaded guilty to recruiting for ISIL has been sentenced. Mufid Elfgeeh, the 31-year-old owner of a Rochester pizza shop, will serve 22 and a half years in prison. 

In the fight against Uber expansion, taxi drivers have found allies in disability advocates across New York. Stephanie Woodward is the Director of Advocacy for the Center for Disability Rights in Rochester.

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(WXXI) Deputy Secretary of Veterans Affairs Sloan Gibson says they are improving operations at their crisis hotline in Canandaigua. A report issued by the inspector general earlier this month documented almost two dozen cases of veterans calling the VA's crisis hotline and getting a voicemail message.

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A regional alliance is rallying against a proposal to change water level regulations on Lake Ontario.

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(WXXI) Aside from being a prolific writer, famed orator, outspoken abolitionist and civil rights leader, Frederick Douglass was the most photographed man in the 19th century.

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(WXXI) Elizabeth Gilliam-Mayo bought a house in Rochester with the intent of running a daycare, but before she could open her business, she found hazardous levels of lead in the infrastructure.