Health and Safety are an Important Part of the Onondaga Lake Cleanup

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Health and safety plans are reviewed by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) and the New York State Department of Health (DOH) and incorporated into every stage of the restoration. These plans include management and monitoring that exceed government requirements and industry standards at other remediation sites.

In 2010, we began construction of the area that holds material removed from the lake and the water treatment plant. A Community Health and Safety Plan describes the protective measures that were taken during this construction. A separate Health and Safety Plan was developed for lake cleanup operations. Air Monitoring results are available here.  Dredging was completed in 2014, a year ahead of schedule. Capping is on schedule to be finished in 2016; habitat restoration continues.

The lake dredging and capping project was designed to reduce or eliminate potential hazards (with an enclosed pumping system, double containment pipeline, and industrial-strength geotextile tubes). Honeywell also has coordinated with local emergency responders for seamless integration in the unlikely event of an incident.

We do our work in a way that protects health and the environment and causes the least disruption to the local community.



Results from the air monitoring program indicate that operations at the lake and the consolidation area, which holds material removed from the lake, have met the project’s health and safety performance criteria.

End of Dredging Fact Sheet


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Honeywell Donates Rescue Equipment

Solvay Fire Department received more than $5,000 worth of water rescue equipment, including personal flotation devices, buoys, lights, and stretchers. Pictured left to right are Honeywell Syracuse Program Director John McAuliffe, Chief of Fire Tom Spaeth, volunteer firefighter Heidi Armstrong, volunteer firefighter Jayson Kellogg, volunteer firefighter and EMT Steve VanOrden, volunteer firefighter Bob Zingaro, and Honeywell’s Advisor for Emergency Preparedness Peter Alberti.

As recreational activity on Onondaga Lake continues to rise, rescue equipment provided by Honeywell will help fire departments respond more effectively to watercraft incidents and emergencies.

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Onondaga Lake Conservation Corps

To learn more about the Onondaga Lake Conservation Corps or participate in future activities, please contact Chris Lajewski at or call 315-365-3588.