Onondaga Lake Habitat and Conservation Projects

Community participation is critical to our success.

To achieve a sustainable lake remedy, extensive wetlands are being improved or created along Geddes BrookNine 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.

Geddes Brook Wetlands
Onondaga Lake Conservation Corps

Geddes Brook Wetlands

Transformation of this 17 acre area of the Onondaga Lake Watershed is complete.

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Nine Mile Creek
Onondaga Lake Conservation Corps

Nine Mile Creek

Transformation of creek along Onondaga Lake complete.

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Former LCP Site & Wetlands
Onondaga Lake Conservation Corps

Former LCP Site & Wetlands

Restoration complete on formerly contaminated site in Onondaga Lake Watershed.

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Onondaga Lake Conservation Corps News & Information

Habitat Restoration Plan
Onondaga Lake Conservation Corps

Habitat Restoration Plan

Strategic recovery of Onondaga Lake

Onondaga Lake Visitors Center
Onondaga Lake Conservation Corps

Onondaga Lake Visitors Center

Plan your trip to the Visitor's Center along the shoreline of Onondaga Lake to see firsthand the significant work that's taken place.

Fall Family Tradition Continues at Eighth Annual Honeywell Sportsmen’s Days at Carpenter’s Brook
Onondaga Lake Conservation Corps

Fall Family Tradition Continues at Eighth Annual Honeywell Sportsmen’s Days at Carpenter’s Brook

Families Enjoy Canoeing, Fishing and Archery While Learning About Onondaga Lake Cleanup During Celebration of National Hunting and Fishing Day

Volunteers Install 1,400 Native Plants to Enhance Onondaga Lake’s Newest Wetlands
Onondaga Lake Conservation Corps

Volunteers Install 1,400 Native Plants to Enhance Onondaga Lake’s Newest Wetlands

Onondaga Lake Conservation Corps Improves Wetlands and Conducts Citizen Science Monitoring Near Nine Mile Creek

Volunteers Remove About 5,000 Pounds of Invasive Plants to Help Protect Onondaga Lake and its Waterways
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Volunteers Remove About 5,000 Pounds of Invasive Plants to Help Protect Onondaga Lake and its Waterways

Onondaga Lake Conservation Corps Volunteers Continue Mission to Improve Watershed with Annual Water Chestnut Pull

Student Scientists Conduct Hands-On Experiments and Investigate Onondaga Lake Watershed During Honeywell Summer Science Week
Onondaga Lake Conservation Corps

Student Scientists Conduct Hands-On Experiments and Investigate Onondaga Lake Watershed During Honeywell Summer Science Week

Eighth-Grade Field Scientists Sample Local Creeks and Become Environmental Stewards; Program Instills Confidence in Science and Math

Community Volunteers Explore Turtle Habitat and Volunteer-Built Bird Nesting Structures
Onondaga Lake Conservation Corps

Community Volunteers Explore Turtle Habitat and Volunteer-Built Bird Nesting Structures

Members of the Onondaga Lake Conservation Corps Construct, Install, and Survey Habitat Structures and Bird Boxes along the Western Shoreline of Onondaga Lake

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