ALBANY (AP) Boats are allowed to dump their toilets into the waters of the St. Lawrence River, but that's about to change.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has determined that a "no discharge zone'' can be established for the New York portion of the river. The state Department of Environmental Conservation petitioned the EPA to take that action to prohibit sewage-dumping from boats.

The state and federal agencies determined that the St. Lawrence has enough pump-out facilities to remove waste from all types of vessels.

ALBANY (AP) New York state officials are reminding residents about brush burning restrictions.

The Department of Environmental Conservation says residential brush burning in towns with fewer than 20,000 residents is banned starting Wednesday through May 14.

Open burning of brush and debris is the most common cause of spring wildfires in New York. With warmer and drier weather forecast, experts believe conditions for wildfires will be higher in the coming weeks.

Steelhead fishing

ALBANY (AP) New York and federal conservation officials plan to brief the public about Lake Ontario and the state of its fisheries in a series of upcoming meetings in Niagara, Monroe and Oswego counties.

The lake, its bays and tributaries support populations of trout, salmon, bass, walleye, yellow perch and panfish, among others.

The Department of Environmental Conservation says they are thriving.

A survey estimated more than 2.6 million individual fishing days were spent on those waters in 2007.

The lake covers more than 2.7 million acres of New York.


ALBANY (AP) New York conservation officials have posted online potential changes to freshwater fishing regulations based on fish populations and talks with fishermen.

The Department of Environmental Conservation says it's seeking additional feedback from anglers about the changes, which would take effect April 1, 2017 if approved.

They are posted on the agency's website.


History was made in Greece this morning. A new historic marker to be exact.

"It just shows not only the spirit of patriotism, shows the entrepreneurial spirit, but it just shows the American way. We will figure out a way to get the job done," said Supervisor Bill Reilich.

Reilich planned the unveiling of the sign for the 74th anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. The sign marks the former Odenbach Shipbuilders at Dewey Avenue and Ling Road where Odenbach built ships for the Army during World War II.

Toxins Confirmed in Honeoye Lake

Aug 2, 2013


Health officials are asking people to stay out of Honeoye Lake after tests revealed high levels of toxins.

WXXI's LeShea Agnew has more on the blue-green algae that officials say can cause health issues for people and pets.

Kate O'Connell/WXXI

There was a larger crowd than usual at a DEC public meeting in Springwater last night, with standing room only as the draft forest management plan for the Hemlock and Canadice lakes was presented.

The draft has spurred controversy over the past few weeks because it includes language about possible permits for hydraulic fracturing and drilling on the state forest land.

Regional director of the DEC, Paul D'Amato says the state has no intention of allowing drilling, but anti-fracking groups remain wary.

Sneak Peek: Rochester City Hall's New Green Roof

May 4, 2012
Zack Seward

The city of Rochester just completed work on its first ever "green roof."

The roof of City Hall's Building B is now home to 8,700 square feet of succulent plants.

"It's basically for storm water management," says Anne Spaulding, the city's sustainability manager, during a rooftop tour. "All of the rainwater - instead of running into the storm system - is consumed by the plants on the roof."

Spaulding says the thick carpet of sedum can reduce storm water runoff by up to 90 percent, depending on the amount of rainfall.

The goal is to reduce the amount of pollutants that flow into the region's streams, rivers and lakes.