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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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. 

US DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

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. 

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(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. 

JULIA BOTERO / WRVO NEWS

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.

AP Photo/Ted S. Warren

(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.

Veronica Volk

(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
CREDIT ELIZABETH MILLER / GREAT LAKES TODAY

(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.

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