water quality

Payne Horning, WRVO

SYRACUSE (WRVO) - A nomination to make part of Lake Ontario a national marine sanctuary is moving forward. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is accepting the application for further consideration. 

Great Lakes Shipping Season Underway

Mar 21, 2017

ROCHESTER (WXXI) - The Great Lakes shipping season officially kicks off Monday with the opening of the Welland Canal, the shipping channel that connects Lake Ontario and Lake Erie. 

Trump Budget Cuts Great Lakes Restoration Program

Mar 17, 2017

ROCHESTER (WXXI) - The Trump Administration’s proposed budget is out – and it eliminates the $300 million in annual funding for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI), which inances environmental projects all over the region. 

Manure Spills Recurring Problem On Cayuga Lake

Mar 13, 2017
AP Photo/Ann Levin

The manure spill that contaminated parts of Cayuga Lake and Salmon Creek last month is no longer a hazard to humans.  Still, researchers say too many manure spills can lead to long term damage.  

Todd Walter, who directs the Water Resources Institute at Cornell University, says such manure spills are much too common.


(KEYSTONE CROSSROADS) With no exceptions, the $1 million Safe Water Plan will distribute water filters to city residents to reduce exposure to lead. People living within the city’s boundaries are eligible to receive one, regardless of income level, whether they rent or own, or who their water provider is. 


The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection is working on a plan to avoid losing control over its safe drinking water program, along with millions in federal dollars. 


On the campaign trail, President Trump promised to get rid of regulations, especially those designed to protect the environment. One of those regulations has to do with water. In fact very small bodies of water. 


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. 

Pennsylvania Leads Nation In Dam Removals

Feb 21, 2017
Terra Dawn Photography courtesy of American Rivers via Flickr

Dams and dam safety were front and center this week as a hundred thousand people were evacuated in Californiabecause of structural damage at the country’s tallest dam. The Oroville dam helps provide drinking water and hydroelectric power to millions of Californians. But 75 percent of Pennsylvania’s 3,000 dams are so-called “low-head dams” and don’t provide drinking water or create reservoirs for flood control. So in recent years, Pennsylvania has been making a big push to remove them with the help of conservation organizations like American Rivers.

Inside The Battle Over The Clean Water Rule

Feb 20, 2017
Julie Grant

It’s an Obama-era regulation with a simple name and seemingly straight-forward purpose. But since its authoring, the Waters of the U.S. Rule — also known as the Clean Water Rule — has been embroiled in controversy. Don’t expect that to change under the Trump administration.