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Resource ID: #26746
Subject: Pollution
Source: Investigative Post
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Date: July 17, 2014; July 24, 2014; July 28, 2014; July 30, 2014; Aug. 13, 2014; Sept. 4, 2014; Dec. 11, 2014

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The story got started in 2013 when reporter Dan Telvock noticed raw sewage in a section of the creek that passes through Buffalo's prized Delaware Park and a strong urine smell in a section of the creek that runs through Buffalo's largest cemetery. In May 2013, the state enacted the Sewage Pollution Right to Know Act, which for the first time provided a public database of most sewage overflows by locality. This data shows that the most sewer overflows happen in Scajaquada Creek and the biggest offender is Cheektowaga's sewer system. From there, Telvock used the state Freedom of Information Law to obtain hundreds of documents that detailed Cheektowaga's sewer overflows, to include volumes and locations.

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