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Looming Threat to Clean Water Legislation

Looming Threat to Clean Water Legislation

A Statement Released by Buffalo Riverkeepers

BUFFALO, N.Y. - Over the last month there has been the passage of two significant pieces of legislation that will have direct impacts on Western New York’s water resources.

Yesterday, the House of Representatives passed HR 2018, the so-called Clean Water Cooperative Federalism Act of 2011, by a vote of 239-184. Much of our community called or sent notes to our Representatives asking them to oppose this bill. Our local representatives did just that. If passed in the Senate, this bill would allow state agencies to override EPA decisions on pollution permits for riverside factories, the treatment of sewage waste, and the handling of dredging materials.

Higgins Calls for Stop to Plan that Siphons Water from Great Lakes

Higgins Calls for Stop to Plan that Siphons Water from Great Lakes

NY Congressman Asks Ohio Governor to Veto Legislation

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27), a member of the Congressional Great Lakes Task Force, sent a letter urging Ohio Governor John Kasich to veto legislation in his state that would allow businesses to remove 5 million gallons of water a day from Lake Erie

Congressmen Reed & Higgins Offer Amendment to Restore Funding for West Valley Clean-Up

Congressmen Reed & Higgins Offer Amendment to Restore Funding for West Valley Clean-Up

WNY Members Say Investments Now Save In the Long-Term


U.S. Representatives Tom Reed (NY-29) and Brian Higgins (NY-27) have together introduced an amendment to increase funding designated for clean-up efforts at the West Valley site, a move aimed at protecting the greater Western New York community and saving money over the long-term.  The Reed-Higgins Amendment would restore $41 million to the non-defense environmental cleanup fund in H.R. 2354, the FY 2012 Energy and Water Appropriations Bill. 

This Week's Canalside Events

This Week's Canalside Events


<?xml:namespace prefix = o />There are 22 events at Canalside this week – and every one of them is free to the public!

Starting tonight and continuing through Sunday evening, the story of the building of the Erie Canal will be told through “Clinton’s Ditch” – an original play by Anne Paris and Hugh Pratt, directed by Dan Shanahan of Torn Space Theater.

The “Story of Buffalo” continues in song and live performance with free concerts from Dave Ruch and one person shows based around the lives of William Douglas (“Dug’s Dive”) and Sal McMurray (“Erie Canal Sal”.)

Explore & More Children’s Museum and the Buffalo Museum of Science/Tifft Nature Preserve offer hands-on activities for children, and if you are interested in stayin

Pakistan: A New Perspective (3D)

Pakistan: A New Perspective (3D)

*Click the links in bold below for a 3D experience of Pakistan*

“Let us trust each other,” roared the Governor-general designate and added; “Let us judge by results, not by theories. With the help of every section –I see that every class is represented in this huge gathering –let us work in double shift if necessary to make the Sovereign State of Pakistan really happy, really united and really powerful.” 

-  Muhammad Ali Jinnah, Speech at a Dinner Party given by the late Mr. Ghulam Hussain Hidayatullah at the Karachi Club on 9th August, 1947.

Independence: All Men Are Created Equal?

Independence:  All Men Are Created Equal?

Righteous:  acting in accord with divine or moral law.

Rightful:  having a just or legally established claim.

© Merriam Webster 2011


"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness."

- Preamble, The United States Declaration of Independence, 1776 


Independence Day, or the Fourth of July, is a celebration [and federal holiday] in the United States to recognize the Declaration of Independence of 1776.  A statement adopted by the Continental Congress declaring that thirteen American colonies [then at war with Great Britain], were now independent states, no longer a part of the British Empire.

Where 2 Fish: Bass Moving Into Lake, Looking For Summer Homes

Where 2 Fish:  Bass Moving Into Lake, Looking For Summer Homes

First Class Bass Charters Lake Erie Fishing Report

  • Water temp: 68 degrees
  • Smallmouth bass: The action is staying steady in the Buffalo Harbor.  Lots of fish are still up on the shallow flats.  The weeds are starting to get taller and thicker every day.  Try working the edges of the weeds with a tube jig. Most Smallmouth Bass are completing their spawning and are moving into the lake, looking for their summer homes.