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Poloncarz thanks Erie County residents for low foot traffic this Black Friday BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB)– Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz tweeted that Black Friday shopping in Erie County has been “mild” this year. The County Executive says the area has seen “low traffic counts” at retailers and big box stores. Poloncarz thanks Erie County residents for avoiding large crowds. He cites Erie County Department of Health inspectors for reporting the low foot traffic. Reports from both media and @ECDOH inspectors are Black Friday shopping has been very mild in Erie County. Low traffic counts at most retailers, especially "big box" stores, as most appear to have heeded warnings to avoid crowds. Thank you to all for doing so. — Mark Poloncarz (@markpoloncarz) November 27, 2020 Copyright 2020 Nexstar Inc.



Farm irrigation Idaho farmers jointly cut water consumption They rely on the dwindling Eastern Snake River Plain aquifer. (Photo credit: K-State Research and Extension / Flickr ) To grow potatoes, sugar beets, corn, and wheat, many Idaho farmers rely on water from the Eastern Snake River Plain aquifer . It’s one of the largest aquifers in the world. But since the ’50s, water supplies have been dwindling because of increased demand and climate change. So in 2015, groundwater users collectively agreed to reduce their use by an average of 13%. Two years later, Katrina Running of Idaho State University surveyed farmers to learn how they had adjusted to the new policy. She found that on average they had implemented nine different water-saving strategies. Those included making their irrigation systems more efficient and changing what they grow to avoid water-intensive crops. “So they were cobbling together different adaptation options that would maybe shave off one or two percentage here and then one or two percentage here,” she says. But in the end, most farmers were able to adapt.