The CPWG is meeting throughout the remediation and restoration work, providing a forum to inform, receive input and discuss specific aspects of the design and construction of the lake restoration. There are opportunities for the public to contribute information, opinions, perspectives and recommendations. The CPWG meetings are open to the public and consist of public officials, community leaders, citizens, and conservation and environmental group leaders. They are supported by technical experts from DEC and Honeywell. The DEC has appointed members to the CPWG to help facilitate communication between DEC and the public. Individuals interested in participating should contact Stephanie Harrington or Diane Carlton at DEC Region 7 directly at 315-426-7403, or visit www.onondagalake.info.
Onondaga Lake Community Participation Working Group
BY BECKY CORBIN, CHAIR
2012 saw many years of study and preparation culminate in the removal of contaminated material from the lake bottom. The highly visible nature of the dredging operation dramatically increased public awareness, generating interest and excitement on many fronts. The CPWG, a group of volunteers whose mission is to help keep the public informed about lake cleanup activities, was pleased to see greater public awareness.
The CPWG stays informed through routine meetings with DEC and Honeywell. Our group toured restored wetlands surrounding the lake, viewed ongoing progress at the consolidation area, got a close-up view of the dredges, and has the opportunity to utilize the wonderful new Visitors Center. Various CPWG members also serve as links to other community and interest groups involved with or concerned about Onondaga Lake. The group identified questions the community had, which were then answered by DEC and posted on its website. The Frequently Asked Questions help create greater community understanding of all aspects of the lake cleanup, including health and safety, monitoring, and operations.
Information on the CPWG is available on our website at www.onondagalake.info.