Community participation is critical to our success.
To achieve a sustainable lake remedy, extensive wetlands are being improved or created along Geddes Brook, Nine Mile Creek, Harbor Brook, and the former LCP Chemicals site, as well as portions of the west and southwest lakeshore. An Onondaga Lake Habitat Restoration Plan offers specifics on a new habitat layer for the lake bottom. The plan builds on progress in the lake’s watershed to ensure a comprehensive approach to the restoration of Onondaga Lake.
Because habitat enhancements and renewal have important community benefits, we have developed partnerships with Honeywell, the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry (SUNY-ESF), the Milton J. Rubenstein Museum of Science and Technology (MOST), Montezuma Audubon Center, and Onondaga Audubon Society to offer Central New Yorkers innovative and unique opportunities that promote environmental stewardship and stimulate learning.
Named the Onondaga Lake Conservation Corps, this extensive partnership has created an expanding organization of community volunteers that inspires future environmental stewards through an experience-based program that includes habitat restoration and citizen science monitoring to help restore and sustain the Onondaga Lake watershed and its value as an Important Bird Area.
Created by the MOST, Honeywell Summer Science Week is an exploration of the Onondaga Lake watershed for middle school students. Throughout the week students participate in a combination of activities, while learning an interdisciplinary approach to investigation, discovery, and resolution of environmental issues facing Onondaga County.
Honeywell also partners with the Onondaga County Federation of Sportsmen’s Clubs for Honeywell Sportsmen’s Days at Carpenter’s Brook. The event, held annually by the Sportsmen’s Clubs, is one of the largest celebrations of National Hunting and Fishing Day in New York State.
Information about our past projects and habitat restoration initiatives are below.