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On either side of Niagara Falls, when it rains, it pours sewage and stormwater

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From the Buffalo News:

An estimated 800 million gallons of untreated sewage and stormwater have flowed into the Niagara River from the American and Canadian sides so far this year, eight times more than last year.

It’s enough to pour over the Horseshoe Falls for 20 minutes.

The American side accounts for about three-quarters of the sewage and overflow, according to discharge data The Buffalo News reviewed. But most of the time, neither side’s wastewater system can handle an inch of daily rainfall without overflows into the river.

Niagara Falls: WNY Land Conservancy announces ‘Restore the Gorge

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From Niagara Frontier Publications:

The Western New York Land Conservancy invites the community to attend a project unveiling at 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 13, in the Niagara Falls Public Library, for “Restore the Gorge,” its planned ecological restoration of the Niagara Gorge.

With funding from phase two of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Buffalo Billion economic development initiative, the Greenway Ecological Standing Committee, and Empire State Development’s Yahoo! Community Fund for Niagara County, the Land Conservancy has been awarded $2.1 million to undertake a three-year ecological restoration project in the Niagara Gorge – from the Gorge Discovery Center to Devil’s Hole State Park. This habitat restoration project is a separate and distinct effort from the removal of the Niagara Scenic Parkway from Main Street to Findlay Drive, but the two projects will take place concurrently and collaboratively.

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Niagara Falls shouldn’t build new convention center for at least 6 years, consultant says

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From the Buffalo News:

A Minneapolis consulting firm says Niagara Falls shouldn’t bother erecting a new multi-use facility for sports, conventions and concerts until it beefs up its off-season tourist attractions.

The draft report, obtained by The Buffalo News, says the city and Niagara County should wait at least six years to wait for investments in new attractions to bear fruit before considering such a facility.

Road removal plan seeks to connect Niagara Falls to ‘greatest waterfront in the world’

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From the Buffalo News:

The plan calls for removing a 2-mile section of the Niagara Scenic Parkway in Niagara Falls.

And it’s getting some good reviews.

“We certainly see it as a positive opportunity for us,” said Gary K. Siddall, executive director of the Aquarium of Niagara. “There’s a lot of obstruction (now) with the bridge over the parkway and the parkway itself. It cuts us off from the tourist areas.”

Tourists report person going over Niagara Falls

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From the Buffalo News:

The Niagara Parks Police are checking the water below Niagara Falls after an unconfirmed report that someone may have gone over the Falls, a dispatcher said Sunday afternoon.

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Editorial: Niagara Falls has to seize the moment

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From the Buffalo News:

Lockport’s good news is a reminder of what Niagara Falls should be doing and isn’t. At least, not enough of it. It’s crazy that both Lockport and Niagara Falls, Ont., are able to move ahead on tourism development, but that on this bank of the international river, things can’t seem to happen very quickly.

Audit: Niagara Falls will run out of cash reserves by year’s end due to casino dispute

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From the Buffalo News:

The City of Niagara Falls will run out of its fund balance by the end of the year because of a dispute over Seneca casino revenue, according to an audit issued Tuesday by the state Comptroller’s Office.

The city, caught in the middle of a dispute over the sharing of casino revenue between the state and the Seneca Nation of Indians, also has failed to maintain an updated multi-year financial plan, according to the audit.

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100 Plus Things: Embrace the thrills of Clifton Hill

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From the Buffalo News:

The Canadian side of Niagara Falls is famous for its view. And rightly so. The roar, the colored lights, the wide-eyed tourists from all over the world — where do you find words for it?

How do you describe Clifton Hill?

On this famed tourist promenade, people from all over the world gather to goof off. Arcade games abound. Carnival barkers bawl from the funhouses. “There is no turning back! It will make your blood curdle!”

Passing the 70,000-square-foot Dinosaur Adventure Golf, the largest miniature golf course in Canada, you can’t help but be enthralled by the elaborate, lifelike figures — a ferocious T-Rex, a big, dumb brontosaurus.

Cuomo threatens new casino in Niagara Falls; Senecas call it ‘foolish’

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From the Buffalo News:

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo on Tuesday doubled down on his threat to locate a new casino in the Niagara Falls area in response to the Seneca Nation halting revenue sharing payments from its casino in the Falls.

“They’re not fulfilling the compact and their right to exclusive gaming is gone,’’ Cuomo said Tuesday afternoon after an economic development event in Rochester.

“I have no doubt that we would get companies from around the world to bid on casino rights in the Buffalo/Niagara area. I have no doubt,’’ Cuomo said. “Look, we could potentially create more jobs with a different operator.’’

“Foolish,” responded the leader of the Senecas.

DEC investigating a new ‘potential discharge’ at Niagara Falls

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From the Buffalo News:

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation reported Tuesday that it was investigating a — possible, not confirmed — discharge into the Niagara River from the Niagara Falls Wastewater Treatment Plant.

A statement from the DEC Tuesday evening said conservation officers and technical staff went to the main outfall from the treatment plant near the Maid of the Mist boat dock, after receiving a call about discolored water at around 3:40 p.m. on Tuesday.

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