Work at Geddes Brook has been completed, transforming 17 acres of land in the Onondaga Lake watershed into a diverse new habitat for wildlife. The improved Geddes Brook is becoming part of a green corridor connecting habitat from Onondaga Lake to upland sites. More than 170 species of fish, birds, and other wildlife have already returned to restored habitat near the lake; 131 have already returned to the re-established Geddes Brook and wetlands.
The project involved the removal of contaminated soil and invasive plants, and the planting of 50,000 native shrubs, flowers, and trees, which are critical to protecting and enhancing habitat for wildlife such as fish, birds, frogs, and turtles. By planting native species, re-establishing the wetlands, and improving habitat, the project is improving the ecosystem and playing a significant role in creating a productive, healthy Onondaga Lake watershed.
The remediation was performed under the oversight of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, the New York State Department of Health, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
Members of the Onondaga Lake Conservation Corps, a volunteer organization, assisted in transforming the Geddes Brook Wetlands. The Onondaga Lake Conservation Corps seeks to inspire future stewards of Onondaga Lake and its watershed through a hands-on, experience-based program that offers citizens and organizations the opportunity to participate in activities that help restore and sustain Onondaga Lake and its value as an Important Bird Area.