Public input has been extremely important to the successful restoration of Onondaga Lake.
Under the supervision of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Honeywell has finished implementing New York State’s cleanup plan for Onondaga Lake working with national and local experts, local nonprofit organizations and community groups. Honeywell engaged the community through scores of presentations and meetings, and incorporated public comments into planning and design. Over 1,200 public meetings, presentations and tours have been held to date.
Beginning in 2004, DEC and Honeywell held a series of public meetings to outline remediation plans. Public input was incorporated into the design. Realizing the importance of habitat restoration for lake users, Honeywell, in partnership with DEC, also created a working group with local habitat, conservation, and community organizations to gather opinions and perspectives on the Habitat Restoration Plan during its development. Community input also helped shape the Geddes Lakeshore and is providing a vision for the Southwest Lakeshore.
For more information about the Onondaga Lake cleanup, visit www.lakecleanup.com.
The Onondaga Lake Visitors Center, which was designed and built by Honeywell, provides the public with access to Onondaga Lake and the significant work by hundreds of scientists, engineers, and skilled craft laborers from this region.
In July 2012, the Onondaga Lake Conservation Corps was founded with the goal of inspiring future stewards of Onondaga Lake and its watershed through an experience-based program that offers citizens and organizations the opportunity to participate in activities that help restore and sustain the Onondaga Lake watershed and its value as an Important Bird Area. Conservation Corps partners include Audubon New York, Montezuma Audubon Center, Onondaga Audubon Society, Parsons, OBG, Anchor QEA, Bond Schoeneck & King, SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, Habitat Gardening in Central New York, and Honeywell.