The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) have released proposed ecological and recreational restoration projects for the Onondaga Lake Watershed. These proposed projects are meant to mend the damage caused by the decades of pollution from industrial waste but unfortunately fall short.
Even with the recent dredging and capping of Onondaga Lake coming to a close, the lake and its watershed are still healing, and more work remains. Tributaries, habitat, fish, wildlife, and other natural resources have been adversely impacted and are in need of help. The fish populations of the lake are still contaminated and too toxic for most people to eat. Additionally, because of the historic pollution to the lake, our community has had limited recreational opportunities on the lake. Unfortunately, the DEC and FWS have compiled a very limited project proposal to restore the Onondaga Lake Watershed, which will not fully restore the watershed's health and our use of the lake.
The good news is that we now have the opportunity to let the DEC and FWS know what projects are needed to restore the damage that has been done to Onondaga Lake and its watershed. A public hearing will be held Thursday, June 22 at 5:00pm at the Southwest Community Center, Clover Corner Room, 401 South Ave, Syracuse, NY.
We need your help to tell the DEC and FWS what damage has been caused by the pollution of Onondaga Lake and the kinds of restoration projects that would make our lake and community whole again! Join us at the public hearing, and send an email to the DEC and FWS urging them to develop a more comprehensive and robust restoration plan.
Thank you for taking action. Together we make a difference!
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