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Information from Onondaga Lake Partners

In addition to DEC, many organizations study and monitor Onondaga Lake and contribute to the ongoing cleanup efforts. The links on this page will take you to webpages maintained by several of these organizations.

Note: All links on this page leave the DEC website.

Federal Partners

  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
    • EPA: Onondaga Lake -- The EPA provides funding and technical assistance to organizations involved in cleaning up Onondaga Lake, is a member of the Onondaga Lake Partnership, and works with DEC to oversee the Onondaga Lake Superfund cleanup.
    • EPA: Onondaga Lake Superfund Site -- This page has historical information about pollution in Onondaga Lake and describes ongoing cleanup projects. Visitors can also sign up for email updates about EPA activities at the Onondaga Lake Superfund Site.
    • EPA: Onondaga Lake Superfund Site Progress Profile -- This page has links to technical information and many documents about the Onondaga Lake Superfund Site.
  • U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
    • USFWS: Natural Resource Damage Assessment -- Information about the Onondaga Lake Natural Resource Damage Assessment (NRDA). The goal of the NRDA process is to restore, replace, or acquire the equivalent of resources injured as a result of the release of hazardous substances to the environment.
  • U.S. Geological Survey
    • USGS: Publications Warehouse -- USGS stores scientific reports about the water quality of Onondaga Lake in this online publications warehouse. Most reports are available for download and can be accessed by searching the term "Onondaga Lake".
    • USGS: Tully Valley Mudboils -- This site has many reports on the hydrology of the Tully Valley mudboils in southern Onondaga County that contribute sediment to Onondaga Lake.

State Partners

Local Partners

  • Onondaga County
    • Onondaga County: Onondaga Lake Park - With over one million visitors annually, Onondaga Lake Park is the most popular park in Central New York. It has miles of recreation trails, picnic facilities, the Salt Museum, a marina and boat launch, skatepark, playground, dog park and other recreational opportunities. There is ample parking and access to the park is free.
    • Onondaga County: Dept. of Water Environment Protection -- This site has information about the wastewater treatment system operated by Onondaga County. Site visitors can take virtual tours of treatment plants and see water quality information for Onondaga Lake.
    • Onondaga County: Save the Rain -- "Save the Rain" is a program by Onondaga County to manage stormwater, promote the use of green infrastructure, and reduce pollution to Onondaga Lake and its tributaries.
  • City of Syracuse
    • City of Syracuse: Onondaga Creekwalk -- The City of Syracuse has constructed this popular pedestrian trail that runs along Onondaga Creek and the Inner Harbor to the shores of Onondaga Lake.
  • Community Participation Working Group
    • Community Participation Working Group - The mission of the CPWG is to provide for community involvement in the cleanup of Onondaga Lake so that the public is informed and has opportunities to contribute information, opinions, perspectives and recommendations about the program. The CPWG meets on a monthly basis and is comprised of volunteers from throughout the Onondaga Lake community.

Other Partners

  • Onondaga Lake Partnership
    • Onondaga Lake Partnership -- The OLP was established to promote the cooperation among the parties managing the environmental issues of Onondaga Lake and its watershed. The OLP coordinates the development and implementation of projects to restore, conserve and manage the lake. Executive Partners include the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, New York State, Onondaga County, and the City of Syracuse.
  • Honeywell International
    • Honeywell: Syracuse Area Remediation Progress -- This site describes the status of cleanup projects undertaken by Honeywell around Onondaga Lake. The site also has a photo gallery and submission form to sign up for the E-Newsletter.
  • Upstate Freshwater Institute
    • Upstate Freshwater Institute -- The UFI monitors Onondaga Lake and produces peer-reviewed studies of the lake's ecology and water quality.
  • Onondaga Environmental Institute
    • Onondaga Environmental Institute -- The OEI is a not-for-profit organization that advances environmental research, education, planning and restoration in central New York.
  • Atlantic States Legal Foundation
    • Atlantic States Legal Foundation: Onondaga Lake -- The ASLF maintains this website as a public resource for current events, news and cleanup information related to Onondaga Lake. The ASLF was a party to the 1988 lawsuit against Onondaga County that led to sewage treatment and combined sewer improvements.