The Onondaga Lake cleanup team received a 2017 Dredging and Port Construction Innovation Award for completing one of the most innovative and forward-thinking projects in the dredging industry. The team, led by Honeywell, was honored for “Innovation in Project Design for Inland Dredging” at an awards ceremony in London on Nov. 29. The award was presented by IHS Markit, a world leader in critical information, analytics, and solutions.
“A world-class team of scientists, engineers, and skilled craft laborers worked with Honeywell to develop innovative approaches for challenging technical and ecological issues. The Onondaga Lake cleanup combined innovative dredging and capping designs with long-term habitat restoration leading to an environmentally protective solution,” said Honeywell Director of Remediation Design and Construction William Hague.
Recognized as one of the largest cleanup projects in North America, the Onondaga Lake restoration 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, sustainable practices, and a commitment to health and safety. Project innovations resulted in significant advancements in sediment remediation technology.
“Honeywell’s historic cleanup of Onondaga Lake was completed through the extraordinary efforts of state and federal regulators, educational institutions, elected officials, Onondaga County, and the community,” said Honeywell Syracuse Program Director John McAuliffe. “Onondaga Lake is now home to more than 250 wildlife species, and has become a source of pride and optimism for the Central New York community.”
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.
For more information on the Onondaga Lake cleanup, please visit www.lakecleanup.com.