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Black River Cleanup Continues

A massive spill of liquid manure in the Black River flowed slower than expected this weekend. Three million gallons of cow waste entered the river last week when a wall in a holding lagoon burst on Marks dairy farms south of Lowville. Hundreds of thousands of fish were killed. The Hudson River/Black River Regulating District released extra water from Stillwater Reservoir on Friday to help move the manure into Lake Ontario. According to News 10 Now, kayaking, rafting, and fishing outfitters along the river had to cancel hundreds of reservations. Steve Litwiler is a spokesperson for the Department of Environmental Conservation, which is handling the spill. He spoke with Todd Moe.  Go to full article

River Groups Hope Water Level Plan Isn't Status Quo

A binational agency is holding its final public meetings this week over new plans to control water levels on Lake Ontario and St. Lawrence River. It's the first time the system is under review since the St. Lawrence was dammed in the 1950s. River residents are getting worried the 5-year, $25 million project may amount to nothing new. David Sommerstein explains why.  Go to full article

Task Force Proposes Wide-Ranging Great Lakes Cleanup Plan

A task force released a draft plan in Michigan Thursday of a long-term strategy to restore the health of the ailing Great Lakes. The plan makes dozens of recommendations in a bid to solve some of the most pressing problems, such as the invasion of exotic species, habitat degradation and toxic pollution.  Go to full article
Depiction of the Stone Hospital in Sackets Harbor after restoration.
Depiction of the Stone Hospital in Sackets Harbor after restoration.

Restoring the Past: Saving Sackets Harbor's Historic House of Healing

During the War of 1812, Sackets Harbor along Lake Ontario in Jefferson County, became the headquarters of the U-S Army and Navy for the northern frontier. Thousands of troops and hundreds of ships carpenters lived in the village. It was a major military outpost and shipbuilding center and the site of several strategic battles. After the war, Sackets Harbor developed throughout the 19th century into a commercial lake port, military town and summer resort. Today it's known for its museums, quaint shops, food and historical restoration. A group of history buffs wants to restore the old Stone Hospital at Madison Barracks as a military heritage center and cornerstone for future restoration work. Todd Moe has more.  Go to full article

Preview: 22nd Annual Southwick Beach Run/Bike Event

Todd Moe talks with Susan Zabriskie, president of North Country Access Cycling. The group is organizing a bike, wheelchair and handcycle race in June in Jefferson county. North Country Access Cycling is a chapter of Disabled Sports USA.  Go to full article

High Lake Levels Boon for Shipping

Water levels on the Great Lakes have come up this summer, thanks to the wet conditions. The Great Lakes Radio Consortium's Mike Simonson has more.  Go to full article

Lake Ontario to Cool Toronto

The city of Toronto is using the deep, chilly waters of Lake Ontario as "green" air conditioning for some of its skyscrapers. David Sommerstein explains how.  Go to full article

Cormorant Control Spreads West

Cormorants are large, fish-eating birds. They were nearly wiped out by the now-banned pesticide DDT. They began to colonize Little Galloo Island on the eastern end of Lake Onratio in the early 1970s. Their populations have flourished - too much so for commercial and recreational fishermen. New York's Department of Environmental Conservation has been studying cormorants' diets and habits since the 80s. They began shooting cormorants to control the growing population in the mid-90s. Now, eggs are oiled and nests destroyed every spring, and some birds are shot by DEC personnel. New York began working on cormorant control with other states along the Great Lakes in the mid-90s, as the birds continued to expand their reach. The Great lakes radio Consortium's Stephanie Hemphill explores one lake Superior community's experiment in cormorant control.  Go to full article
Lake Ontario fisherman John Rorabeck on Point Traverse
Lake Ontario fisherman John Rorabeck on Point Traverse

Saving the American Eel

For centuries, the American eel dominated the waters of Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River. Only 50 years ago, the snake-like fish accounted for half of the biomass of Lake Ontario. Today it has all but disappeared. Researchers and fishermen see the decline as a shrill warning about changes in climate and the environment. And they say now is the time to do something about it. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article
Yellow areas are included in CREP program.
Yellow areas are included in CREP program.

Farmers Get Help Protecting Creeks

The state and federal government Wednesday announced $62 million to help New York farmers protect rivers and streams from agricultural run-off. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

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