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Volunteers Create a Home for Wildlife in Onondaga Lake’s Newly Restored Wetlands

Volunteers Create a Home for Wildlife in Onondaga Lake’s Newly Restored Wetlands

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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 montezuma@audubon.org or call 315-365-3588.

Onondaga Lake Cleanup Team Recognized for Outstanding Civil Engineering

Award Honors Significant Contributions to Engineering

The Onondaga Lake cleanup team has received the 2018 Outstanding Civil Engineering Achievement Award from the Syracuse section of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). The award recognizes the team’s “superior civil engineering skills” and “significant contribution to civil engineering progress and society.” The team, led by Honeywell, includes Parsons, OBG, Anchor QEA, and Sevenson Environmental Services.

Onondaga Lake cleanup team representatives accept the 2018 Outstanding Civil Engineering Achievement Award from the Syracuse section of the American Society of Civil Engineers.

Onondaga Lake cleanup team representatives accept the 2018 Outstanding Civil Engineering Achievement Award from the Syracuse section of the American Society of Civil Engineers.

“The Outstanding Civil Engineering Achievement Award is presented annually to a project that represents the best of engineering in Central New York,” said ASCE Syracuse section President George Kalkowsky. “Honeywell’s leadership of the Onondaga Lake cleanup team is a prime example of many engineers coming together to improve the future by solving today’s challenges.”

“The Onondaga Lake cleanup continues to be recognized for its innovative approaches and contributions to engineering,” said Honeywell Syracuse Program Director John McAuliffe. “Thanks to the work of a local team, the lake and nearby areas are once again attracting visitors and wildlife to a precious natural resource that is a key part of Central New York.”

Recognized as one of the largest lake restoration projects in North America, the Onondaga Lake cleanup is the result of more than two decades and millions of hours of intensive effort. The project was completed through an unwavering focus on sound science, technical excellence, community engagement, and sustainable practices, as well as a commitment to health and safety. Project innovations resulted in significant advancements in sediment remediation technology. The cleanup combined innovative dredging and capping designs with long-term habitat restoration, leading to an environmentally protective solution.

As part of the Onondaga Lake cleanup, Honeywell has restored about 90 acres of wetlands, and about 1.1 million native plants are being planted. The restored wetlands have become home to more than 250 wildlife species.   Onondaga Lake western shoreline before (left) and after (right) the cleanup.

As part of the Onondaga Lake cleanup, Honeywell has restored about 90 acres of wetlands, and about 1.1 million native plants are being planted. The restored wetlands have become home to more than 250 wildlife species.
Onondaga Lake western shoreline before (left) and after (right) the cleanup.

Honeywell completed dredging in November 2014, a year ahead of schedule. About 2.2 million cubic yards of material was removed from the bottom of the lake using hydraulic dredges. Onondaga Lake capping was completed in December 2016. Habitat restoration, a major focus of the cleanup, was completed in 2017.

Watch a video about the impact of the Onondaga Lake cleanup.

For more information on the Onondaga Lake cleanup, please visit www.lakecleanup.com.