Planting Native Species and Creation of a Healthy, Productive Watershed were Critical Steps in Lake Cleanup; More Than 260 Species of Fish, Birds, and Other Wildlife Have Already Returned to Restored Habitat Near the Lake.
To achieve a sustainable lake remedy, extensive wetlands were improved or created along Geddes Brook, Nine Mile Creek, Harbor Brook, and the former LCP Chemicals site, as well as portions of the western and southwest lakeshores of Onondaga Lake. The Onondaga Lake Habitat Restoration Plan offers specifics on the new habitat layer for the lake bottom. The plan builds on progress in the lake’s watershed to ensure a comprehensive approach to the restoration of Onondaga Lake.
Because habitat enhancements and renewal have important community benefits, Honeywell has developed partnerships with the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry (SUNY-ESF), the Milton J. Rubenstein Museum of Science and Technology (MOST), Audubon New York, Montezuma Audubon Center, and Onondaga Audubon to offer Central New Yorkers innovative and unique opportunities that promote environmental stewardship and stimulate learning.
Created by the MOST, Honeywell Summer Science Week is an exploration of the Onondaga Lake watershed for middle school students. Throughout the week students participate in a combination of activities, while learning an interdisciplinary approach to investigation, discovery, and resolution of environmental issues facing Onondaga County.
The Onondaga Lake Conservation Corps, an expanding organization of community volunteers, inspires future environmental stewards through an experience-based program that includes habitat restoration and citizen science monitoring to help restore and sustain the Onondaga Lake watershed and its value as an Important Bird Area.
Honeywell also partners with the Onondaga County Federation of Sportsmen’s Clubs for Honeywell Sportsmen’s Days at Carpenter’s Brook. The event, held annually by the Sportsmen’s Clubs, is one of the largest celebrations of National Hunting and Fishing Day in New York State.