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Old 12-06-2011, 01:57 PM
 
Location: Capitol Hill - Washington, DC
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Expert, county executive encouraged by Onondaga Lake improvement - NewsChannel 9 WSYR
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Old 12-06-2011, 02:32 PM
 
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Safe for swimming? (Clarity-wise, at least...not sure I trust the bacteria situation.)

That's great news; hopefully the Save the Rain program has a serious positive effect on the situation.
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Old 12-06-2011, 02:58 PM
 
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Thanks, I have seen fish when I walk the trail or out on the pier at the salt museum. I also don't smell anything anymore. However, perception is reality, it will take some convincing for me to jump into that lake. I want a "clean bill of health" from the state Department of Environmental Conservation...and a few "thousand" people flopping around in the water before I do.

Related topic, a friend sent mine sent me this from Eagle News.

A new beginning | Eagle News Online

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Old 12-07-2011, 06:11 AM
 
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Oh yeah, I wouldn't dare jump in the lake either. My aunt and uncle go kayaking/canoeing on it all the time and I look at them like they're crazy!


Onondaga Lake cleanup hits milestone this week with completion of barrier wall | syracuse.com
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Old 12-28-2011, 11:29 AM
 
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A clean canvas; The future of Onondaga Lake's shoreline will be determined by the Syracuse community | Eagle News Online

Becca - this is an exciting opportunity! It am pleased that local leaders are on the same page regarding the future of Onondaga Lake and the need to involve the whole community. I could not agree more with CE Joannie Mahonney's comment:

“I’m here for this one moment in time. Many people who came before me have worked on cleaning the lake, and I’m sure people will come after me, and I don’t think that this decision about what we want the shoreline to be should be left to the individual that just happens to hold this office at this time. I want it to be a much broader conversation and a lot more input from the community at large.”

I certainly is the right attitude and approach to planning, i.e., building consensus that fosters "community buy-in". It is the best path to success. I hope that the momentum continues when the next generation of local leaders takes the helm.

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Old 12-28-2011, 11:36 AM
 
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A clean canvas; The future of Onondaga Lake's shoreline will be determined by the Syracuse community | Eagle News Online

Becca - this is an exciting opportunity! It am pleased that local leaders are on the same page regarding the future of Onondaga Lake and the need to involve the whole community. I could not agree more with CE Joannie Mahonney's comment:

ďIím here for this one moment in time. Many people who came before me have worked on cleaning the lake, and Iím sure people will come after me, and I donít think that this decision about what we want the shoreline to be should be left to the individual that just happens to hold this office at this time. I want it to be a much broader conversation and a lot more input from the community at large.Ē

I certainly hope that the momentum continues when the next generation of local leaders take the helm.
Great article!!
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Old 01-10-2012, 11:47 AM
 
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Great opinion article

Opinion today: There's more to Onondaga Lake than pollution | syracuse.com
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Old 01-10-2012, 02:14 PM
 
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Thanks for sharing. I have heard phrases like "the most polluted lake in the country" several times. Its like people can't let go of yesteryear, ignoring current developments. I say lets get rid of past realities and current misconceptions. Onondaga Lake is a "jewel" and is becoming a major contributor to the transformation taking place metro Syracuse and CNY.
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Old 01-10-2012, 03:04 PM
 
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Can't believe that guy ice-skated around the whole lake. Very cool.
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Old 02-04-2012, 09:54 AM
 
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Honeywell to avoid boat wrecks on bottom of Onondaga Lake while dredging | syracuse.com

While I do support the maritime historic district, I need some clarification. Maybe I am reading too much into this, but I am hearing two (2) things.

1) Lake Champlain Maritime Museum, of Vergennes, Vt., said in a new report to Honeywell that a 58-acre section of the southern end of the lake should be designated a maritime historic district;

2) Honeywell said it has adopted the consultant’s recommendations and will work around the historical artifacts when it vacuums up 2.65 million cubic yards of lake bottom contaminated with mercury and other hazardous chemicals.

Question(s):

Does that mean Honeywell will NOT dredge within the 58 acres designated a maritime historic district? Or, will it dredge immediately around the artifacts? If the former (58 acres), wouldn't that leave a significant amount of contaminated lake bottom to be capped)? I am more comfortable with the later than the former.

Also, why can't the artifacts be archaeologically excavated, restored and displayed at a local museum, i.e. the Salt Museum. Let me guess, cost!? It seems shameful the artifacts will be spared dredging, only to be capped. Only photos will be used for historical reference.
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