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The environmental movement started more than a century ago. Theodore Roosevelt was known as the conservation president, and there’s a famous 1903 photo of him with the Sierra Club’s founder.

“That photo represented the environmental movement of Teddy Roosevelt and John Muir and this is the two of them in Yosemite National Park,” says Aaron Mair, past president of the Sierra Club – and its first black president.

"Olie's" close to reopening in Irondequoit

Aug 31, 2017
Alex Crichton

A popular neighborhood bar on the Genesee River in Irondequoit is about to open for the first time this summer, after flood waters closed the establishment back in May.

Mike McKeon runs Silk O'Laughlin's at the end of St. Paul Blvd.

He says the water from Lake Ontario started coming into the restaurant in May, and McKeon had to wait until it receded before work could finally begin on renovating the pub.

In the after-glow of Monday's eclipse, we can start looking forward to an even more exciting event for the Great Lakes region: the 2024 total solar eclipse.

The Asian carp captured this summer near the southern tip of Lake Michigan -- triggering a big scare -- apparently slipped past electric barriers.


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A new non-native species has been found in western Lake Erie, the EPA said Monday.

It's named Brachionus leydigii. And it's a type of zooplankton, which means it could be food for lots of fish.

This spring's heavy rain in the Lake Ontario region had quite an impact on homeowners, but it also affected the water offshore. The rainfall overwhelmed sewage systems in cities around the lake, and pushed tens of millions of gallons of raw sewage into the water.


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Lake Ontario's water level is down a foot from its peak in late May, but still more than 2 feet above normal for this time of year.

The U.S.-Canadian government body that regulates the lake levels says it will start to gradually reduce the outflow of water from the lake to the St. Lawrence River.

The International Joint Commission is trying to balance fears of more flooding on the southern shore of the lake against concerns about the hazardous conditions faced by shippers and boaters with the unprecedented outflows into the St. Lawrence in May and June.

Updated Wednesday, Aug. 3

The recent black, odorous wastewater discharge near the base of Niagara Falls violated New York regulations, a state official says. But it's unclear whether any fines will result.


For a lot of people and business around Lake Ontario, flooding put summer on hold. Now that the water is going down, businesses are coming back, including an amusement park on one of Toronto's harbor islands.


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