Lake Ontario http://wrvo.org en Crashed Air Force drone was flying with gear that couldn't handle cold http://wrvo.org/post/crashed-air-force-drone-was-flying-gear-couldnt-handle-cold <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Besides some clouds on Nov. 12, 2013, Air National Guard crew members recalled to accident investigators that it was a nice day for flying.</span></p><p>But it was a cold, late fall day, just below freezing on the ground at Fort Drum, where the Air National Guard launches its remotely piloted aircraft for training missions over upstate New York.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 10:47:20 +0000 Ryan Delaney 58914 at http://wrvo.org Crashed Air Force drone was flying with gear that couldn't handle cold Air Force plane found deep below Lake Ontario from 1952 crash http://wrvo.org/post/air-force-plane-found-deep-below-lake-ontario-1952-crash <p>A team of shipwreck explorers recently discovered an Air Force plane deep below the surface of Lake Ontario, more than 60 years after it crashed.</p><p>It was late at night on September 11, 1952 when an Air force C-45 was flying from Massachusetts to Grifiss&nbsp;Air Force base in Rome. But before it could reach Grifiss, it lost an engine. The pilot set the plane on autopilot and the five member crew parachuted out.</p> Mon, 14 Jul 2014 12:47:00 +0000 Ryan Delaney 58824 at http://wrvo.org Air Force plane found deep below Lake Ontario from 1952 crash Environmental group tests Erie Canal and Oswego River water for invasive species http://wrvo.org/post/environmental-group-tests-erie-canal-and-oswego-river-water-invasive-species <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The </span><a href="http://www.nature.org/ourinitiatives/regions/northamerica/unitedstates/newyork/" style="line-height: 1.5;">Nature Conservancy</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> and other environmental groups are making use of a recently developed DNA sampling technique to determine whether or not any invasive species might be swimming, living or growing in the Oswego River and Erie Canal. By taking hundreds of water samples, the group believes it can slow the growth of invasive species in the state.</span></p> Mon, 07 Jul 2014 11:26:56 +0000 Gino Geruntino 58344 at http://wrvo.org Environmental group tests Erie Canal and Oswego River water for invasive species IJC backs Plan 2014 to control Lake Ontario water levels http://wrvo.org/post/ijc-backs-plan-2014-control-lake-ontario-water-levels <p></p><p>The International Joint Commission says its recommendations to help restore some of the natural water levels on Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence Seaway will also benefit the lake's wetland wildlife. According to the commission, Plan 2014 will help Lake Ontario get closer to its natural ebb and flow throughout the year.<br /><br />Commissioner Dereth Glance says Plan 2014 strikes a balance between the current plan and the lakes original water levels about 60 years ago.<br />&nbsp;</p><p></p> Wed, 18 Jun 2014 10:24:47 +0000 Gino Geruntino 57488 at http://wrvo.org IJC backs Plan 2014 to control Lake Ontario water levels Investigation into drone crash nearing completion http://wrvo.org/post/investigation-drone-crash-nearing-completion <p></p><p>The Air Force's investigation into the crash of a drone aircraft into Lake Ontario last fall is nearing completion and should be made public later this spring.</p><p>Investigators from the Air Force Investigations Board wrapped up the on-site investigation at Hancock Airfield on March 20, according to 174th Air Guard Attack Wing spokeswoman Maj. Sandy Stoquert.</p><p>Investigators did not give the 174th a preliminary report or portions of its finding yet, Stoquert said.</p> Tue, 08 Apr 2014 19:45:38 +0000 Ryan Delaney 53893 at http://wrvo.org Investigation into drone crash nearing completion Fish stocking program boosting Lake Ontario's viability http://wrvo.org/post/fish-stocking-program-boosting-lake-ontarios-viability <p></p><p>Lake Ontario is boasting some of the best sport fishing among the Great Lakes, thanks to a successful stocking program by New York state's environmental management agency.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Department of Environmental Conservation pumps ample supplies of trout and salmon into Lake Ontario and its tributaries every year. It attracts anglers from all over -- more than 2.5 million each season.</span></p> Tue, 18 Mar 2014 18:35:15 +0000 Ryan Delaney 52885 at http://wrvo.org Fish stocking program boosting Lake Ontario's viability Upstate communities tackle pollution in the Genesee River http://wrvo.org/post/upstate-communities-tackle-pollution-genesee-river <div class="card-content"><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden "><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p></p><p>Community members from across western New York came together in Rochester Thursday to address the issue of pollution in the Genesee River, and create an action plan for the immediate future.</p> Fri, 07 Feb 2014 19:59:06 +0000 Kate O'Connell 51041 at http://wrvo.org Upstate communities tackle pollution in the Genesee River Military finds pieces of crashed drone; investigation continues http://wrvo.org/post/military-finds-pieces-crashed-drone-investigation-continues <p><strong>Updated, Thursday, 8:26 p.m.:</strong></p><p>The Air National Guard has found pieces of its unmanned drone that crashed into Lake Ontario earlier this week.</p><p>Recovery efforts continued on Thursday and debris was found along the shoreline, according to Maj. Sandy Stoquert, a public affairs officer for the 174th Attack Wing based in Syracuse.</p><p>The MQ-9 Reaper crashed into the eastern part of the lake Tuesday afternoon during a training flight that had taken off three hours earlier from Ft. Drum.</p> Fri, 15 Nov 2013 01:26:59 +0000 Ryan Delaney & Ellen Abbott 47052 at http://wrvo.org Military finds pieces of crashed drone; investigation continues Syracuse Peace Council: drone crash should 'poke people awake' http://wrvo.org/post/syracuse-peace-council-drone-crash-should-poke-people-awake <p></p><p>Anti-drone activists hope the recent crash of an unmanned military drone aircraft will "poke people awake" about their dangers.</p><p>No one was injured <a href="http://wrvo.org/post/military-drone-crashed-lake-ontario-still-missing" target="_blank">when the 174th Attack Wing of the Air National Guard lost an MQ-9 Reaper drone</a> into Lake Ontario during a training flight Tuesday, but the 8,000 pound aircraft crashed just 20 miles northeast of Oswego and 12 miles off shore.</p> Thu, 14 Nov 2013 10:55:00 +0000 Ryan Delaney 47128 at http://wrvo.org Syracuse Peace Council: drone crash should 'poke people awake' Money for port and canal upgrades passes House http://wrvo.org/post/money-port-and-canal-upgrades-passes-house <p> More federal dollars being available to make upgrades to ports and waterways in upstate New York is closer to reality as the <a href="http://transportation.house.gov/wrrda" target="_blank">Water Resources Reform and Development Act</a>, or WRRDA, passed the House of Representatives last night.</p><p>The bill frees up $8.2 billion in funds for water infrastructure upgrades. It also defunds never-implemented projects worth $12 billion and streamlines applications and approvals of funding.</p> Thu, 24 Oct 2013 20:28:51 +0000 Ryan Delaney 46126 at http://wrvo.org Money for port and canal upgrades passes House Should a ship be deliberately sunk in Lake Ontario? http://wrvo.org/post/should-ship-be-deliberately-sunk-lake-ontario <p></p> Fri, 04 Oct 2013 20:50:32 +0000 Gino Geruntino 45162 at http://wrvo.org Should a ship be deliberately sunk in Lake Ontario? Lockport residents continue waiting for Eighteenmile Creek cleanup plan http://wrvo.org/post/lockport-residents-continue-waiting-eighteenmile-creek-cleanup-plan <p>The Environmental Protection Agency outlined its plans to clean up a heavily polluted creek at a public meeting in Lockport on Tuesday. But some residents in the western New York community are concerned that the plans won’t happen fast enough, with an official decision not scheduled until the end of September.<p>Eighteenmile Creek is a 15-mile waterway that runs into Lake Ontario, and has been designated an area of concern by the agency because of its history as an industrial discharge outlet. Thu, 15 Aug 2013 12:15:17 +0000 Ashley Hirtzel 42665 at http://wrvo.org Lockport residents continue waiting for Eighteenmile Creek cleanup plan Lake Ontario, St. Lawrence River pose concerns for IJC http://wrvo.org/post/lake-ontario-st-lawrence-river-pose-concerns-ijc <p>The organization responsible for regulating water levels on Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River is holding a series of public hearings in upstate New York and Canada this week, presenting a new management plan. The International Joint Commission, or IJC, attracted criticism for its last draft of the plan, called <a href="http://www.ijc.org/loslr/en/solution/">Bv7</a>, which aimed to alter water levels to decrease environmental damage around the Great Lake.<br> Wed, 17 Jul 2013 10:53:44 +0000 Kate O'Connell & Gino Geruntino 41199 at http://wrvo.org Lake Ontario, St. Lawrence River pose concerns for IJC Sailing through history http://wrvo.org/post/sailing-through-history <div class="card-content"><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden "><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p>The Lois McClure is a replica of an 1862 canal schooner that's also a floating museum. This summer she's commemorating 19th century transportation history by traveling from Lake Champlain, across the canal system to Buffalo, down the St. Lawrence river to Montreal, and back again.</p> Thu, 04 Jul 2013 10:40:00 +0000 Sarah Harris 40527 at http://wrvo.org Sailing through history Another new St. Lawrence and Lake Ontario water levels plan http://wrvo.org/post/another-new-st-lawrence-and-lake-ontario-water-levels-plan <p>People along the St. Lawrence River and Lake Ontario will get a chance to weigh in on a new water levels plan next month.</p><p>Regulators say the plan, called “Plan 2014,” still helps the environment by returning more natural ebbs and flows to the water bodies. But they would have caused more shoreline damage on Lake Ontario.</p> Fri, 14 Jun 2013 13:16:42 +0000 David Sommerstein 39544 at http://wrvo.org Another new St. Lawrence and Lake Ontario water levels plan Why low Lake Ontario levels mean high St. Lawrence levels http://wrvo.org/post/why-low-lake-ontario-levels-mean-high-st-lawrence-levels <p>For quite some time, the Great Lakes -- from Superior to Ontario -- have been at historically low water levels. So many people were surprised&nbsp; this week that regulators are lowering the gates at the Iroquois Dam near Ogdensburg because the St. Lawrence River is too high. Sat, 18 May 2013 12:34:00 +0000 David Sommerstein 38036 at http://wrvo.org Why low Lake Ontario levels mean high St. Lawrence levels Research torpedo away: vehicle collecting data on Lake Ontario http://wrvo.org/post/research-torpedo-away-vehicle-collecting-data-lake-ontario <p>A<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> small cylinder armed with research equipment is bobbing through Lake Ontario this week. It’s collecting data from a seasonal temperature barrier known as a thermal bar.</span> Thu, 16 May 2013 20:08:05 +0000 Ryan Delaney 37964 at http://wrvo.org Research torpedo away: vehicle collecting data on Lake Ontario Rising concern about changes to Lake Ontario water levels http://wrvo.org/post/rising-concern-about-changes-lake-ontario-water-levels <p>The water levels in Lake Ontario have a significant impact on the economic and environmental viability of harbors in upstate New York and Canada. As a result, a proposed plan to change the management of those water levels has raised some concerns in waterfront communities. Sat, 04 May 2013 09:58:00 +0000 Kate O'Connell 37250 at http://wrvo.org Rising concern about changes to Lake Ontario water levels Reintroducing Atlantic salmon to the Salmon River http://wrvo.org/post/reintroducing-atlantic-salmon-salmon-river <p>In recent years both the federal and New York state governments have been studying how best to re-introduce – salmon -- to New York’s Salmon River.&nbsp; That might come as a surprise to anyone who’s ever fished the river, known for its salmon of eye-popping size.&nbsp; Tue, 01 Jan 2013 11:32:08 +0000 David Chanatry 29766 at http://wrvo.org Reintroducing Atlantic salmon to the Salmon River Oscar the Standard Poodle http://wrvo.org/post/oscar-standard-poodle <p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p> Tue, 11 Dec 2012 18:34:41 +0000 Tim LaMay, Leigh Rusyn & Shannon Rosato 30385 at http://wrvo.org Oscar the Standard Poodle Are central & northern NY prepared for a storm like Sandy? http://wrvo.org/post/are-central-northern-ny-prepared-storm-sandy <p>As life starts to get back to normal in the parts of New York and New Jersey that were devastated by Hurricane Sandy, other areas of the country are asking themselves if they could have weathered that kind of storm. Thu, 29 Nov 2012 22:30:43 +0000 Catherine Loper 29849 at http://wrvo.org The Great Lakes Week http://wrvo.org/post/great-lakes-week <p>John Weeks discusses the events of the 1984 Great Lakes Week. This festival included Native American storytelling, water sports, film screenings and concerts.WeeksThis essay describes the activities and goals of this free (and now extinct) celebration. Weeks explains how each citizen should be well aware of the history and uses of the 193 mile-long Lake Ontario.</p> Wed, 25 Jul 2012 20:03:48 +0000 John Weeks 23148 at http://wrvo.org Developer pitches floating mega-complex for Port of Oswego http://wrvo.org/post/developer-pitches-floating-mega-complex-port-oswego <p>Two developers are proposing to construct a massive floating building on Lake Ontario that would incorporate residential space, science labs, and entertainment and business venues. The city of Oswego is considering this fantastic vision for inside its harbor&rsquo;s break wall.</p><p> Wed, 27 Jun 2012 20:44:08 +0000 Adam Wolfe 21662 at http://wrvo.org Congressman Owens says Cuomo administration “noncommittal” on new water levels plan http://wrvo.org/post/congressman-owens-says-cuomo-administration-noncommittal-new-water-levels-plan <p>The new water levels proposal for the St. Lawrence River and Lake Ontario has garnered some criticism from a group of state lawmakers along the lake&#39;s southern shore. This week they asked the governor to oppose the plan.</p><p>Last week, Congressman Bill Owens came out in favor of the proposal and said he&#39;d ask for Governor Andrew Cuomo&#39;s support. Both Owens and environmental advocates say the opposition&#39;s arguments aren&#39;t based on the facts of the new plan.</p><p> Fri, 15 Jun 2012 12:26:29 +0000 Joanna Richards 20968 at http://wrvo.org Congressman Owens says Cuomo administration “noncommittal” on new water levels plan Lake Ontario lawmakers ask Cuomo to halt IJC water levels plan http://wrvo.org/post/lake-ontario-lawmakers-ask-cuomo-halt-ijc-water-levels-plan <p>State lawmakers representing communities along the south shore of Lake Ontario are lining up against a plan to regulate water levels in the lake, and in the St. Lawrence River system. Thu, 14 Jun 2012 14:49:01 +0000 Julie Grant 20928 at http://wrvo.org Jefferson County officials oppose offshore wind in Lake Ontario http://wrvo.org/post/jefferson-county-officials-oppose-offshore-wind-lake-ontario <p>A group of Jefferson County legislators has for the second time in two years expressed opposition to offshore wind turbines in Lake Ontario. Almost two years ago, the New York Power Authority proposed an offshore wind turbine project, which Jefferson County rejected. Now the county may move to oppose federal overtures in that direction.&nbsp;</p><p> Thu, 12 Apr 2012 02:00:01 +0000 Joanna Richards 17510 at http://wrvo.org