water quality


SYRACUSE (WRVO) - This spring's wet weather could make the blue-green algae problem worse later this summer.  It’s no secret that this has been a tremendously rainy spring, according to SUNY ESF biochemistry professor Greg Boyer. And that could set the stage for big algae blooms later this summer. Blooms rely on nitrogen and phosphorus that run into the lake, combined with hot and calm sunny days. 

Trout Unlimited

The upper part of the Delaware River hosts some of the world’s best trout fishing spots. The river also supports humans – about 16 million people living in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Delaware share the river’s water. 

Ellen Abbott, WRVO

SYRACUSE (WRVO) - There’s only a little more than a week left for the public to weigh in on plans to restore wildlife and recreation on Onondaga Lake. The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will then put together a final plan for the lake. 

PA Proposes New Fees To Protect Water Quality

May 23, 2017

(Harrisburg) -- Over the past few months, the federal Environmental Protection Agency has been warning Pennsylvania's Department of Environmental Protection to step up its enforcement of water quality programs. Now DEP is now proposing new fees to keep up with its workload. 

Ellen Abbott, WRVO

SYRACUSE (WRVO) - As the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service continue asking for input into a series of restoration projects for Onondaga Lake, one group of central New Yorkers feels left out. Some southside Syracuse residents want officials to take into account a problem that’s plagued them for years -- a muddy, inaccessible Onondaga Creek.

Alex Crichton, WXXI

ROCHESTER (WXXI) - Lawmakers gathered Thursday in a flooded area of a Webster tavern to announce legislation that would expedite emergency funding for counties and towns dealing with water infrastructure issues. 

Cayuga County Worries About Spread Of Hydrilla

May 8, 2017
Ellen Abbott, WRVO

SYRACUSE (WRVO) - Cayuga County officials want to prevent the spread an invasive species in Cayuga Lake, before it becomes impossible to contain. 

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Some Pennsylvania drinking water systems have levels of contaminants that violate federal health standards, and may cause illnesses ranging from nausea and diarrhea to birth defects and cancer, according to a national report released on Tuesday. The report blames deteriorating infrastructure and lax enforcement by the federal government.


ROCHESTER (WXXI) - Advocates for the environment are pleased the latest state budget contains a $2.5 billion investment in drinking water infrastructure and water quality protection. But more could be done to protect source water. 

Ellen Abbott, WRVO

SYRACUSE (WRVO) - The state and federal governments want to make up for decades lost enjoying Onondaga Lake because of massive pollution. They have a plan that includes 20 restoration projects along the shore of a lake once called the most polluted in America.