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.

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

Onondaga Lake Cleanup Team Recognized With International Dredging Innovation Award

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.

The Onondaga Lake cleanup team included Honeywell, Parsons, Anchor QEA, OBG, Geosyntec Consultants, Sevenson Environmental Services, Infrastructure Alternatives and de maximus.

The Onondaga Lake cleanup team included Honeywell, Parsons, Anchor QEA, OBG, Geosyntec Consultants, Sevenson Environmental Services, Infrastructure Alternatives and de maximus.

“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.

Nicholas Tymko, Honeywell Remediation Manager representing the Onondaga Lake cleanup team (center), accepts the Innovation in Project Design for Inland Dredging Award at the IHS Dredging and Port Construction Awards.

Nicholas Tymko, Honeywell Remediation Manager representing the Onondaga Lake cleanup team (center), accepts the Innovation in Project Design for Inland Dredging Award at the IHS Dredging and Port Construction Awards.

“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.

Final Habitat Enhancements Mark Successful Completion of Honeywell’s Onondaga Lake Cleanup

Honeywell has finished implementing New York State’s cleanup plan for Onondaga Lake using technical excellence and innovative approaches. On the lake shore and along its tributaries, about 90 acres of wetlands have been restored and about 1.1 million native plants are being planted.

Onondaga Lake is well on its way to becoming a sustainable ecosystem for generations to come. Through thoughtful planning and input from local scientists, wetland ecologists, and the community, as well as government oversight, dynamic and diverse wetlands are becoming the cornerstone of a renewed watershed.

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Today, the water quality in Onondaga Lake is the best it’s been in more than 100 years. A green corridor now extends from the restored areas to the lake, providing a diverse home for wildlife.  More than 250 wildlife species, some that have not been seen in decades, are now calling these areas home, and more than 120 unique bird species have been identified in and around Onondaga Lake, a priority Audubon Important Bird Area. Bird species on New York State’s threatened list, including pied-billed grebe, northern harrier, and bald eagle, have returned to the re-established wetlands.

Monitoring and maintenance will continue for years to come to ensure vegetation is established and returning wildlife is documented. Monitoring also helps identify invasive species so they can be removed.

In addition to the cleanup, in April 2017, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) announced a plan for 20 new projects to restore and protect wildlife habitat and water quality, and increase recreational opportunities.

The Onondaga Lake Cleanup Plan was issued in 2005 by DEC and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The cleanup, which was completed in 2016, included dredging 2.2 million cubic yards of lake material and capping 475 acres of lake bottom. The cap, which consists of natural materials, provides a new, clean lake bottom and a new habitat layer to promote underwater vegetation growth and fish spawning.

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

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