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John Smith / WAER News

Onondaga County residents filed into a public meeting today at Salina Town Hall to learn more about the results of a feasibility study to the prospects of developing a public beach in the Willow Bay area of Onondaga Lake Park.  Renderings of a sandy and sprawling beach with people and wading in the water were shown with a large bath house, a new playground and picnic areas. 


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The public will get to hear more details this week about the next phase of remediation to Onondaga Lake along the southwest portion of the lake and where the County plans to extend biking and hiking trails. 

 

High Profile Swim in Onondaga Lake Shows Promise of Lake's Future

Jul 23, 2015
Elana Sukert/WAER News

  Local dignitaries and residents took the plunge on Wednesday into the warm waters of Onondaga Lake. What was once considered one of the most polluted lakes in the nation, now meets the official standards for being swimmable. 

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  The NYS Department of Environmental Conservation has weighed in on the fracking question and is raising concerns about the adverse environmental impact of High Volume Hydraulic Fracturing in New York State. While the DEC statement doesn’t explicitly state that fracking cannot be done safely, they do agree with the Health Department’s recommendation issued in December against fracking due to the uncertain risks to public health and the environment.

The impact statement released Wednesday has been in the works for over 5 years. The DEC was tasked to determine whether or not fracking could be done safely in New York State. The study incorporated community input and various academic research across the country and state, including scientific studies from Pennsylvania, where fracking is permitted and shares apart of the Marcellus shale region with New York State.

Many New York State Anti-Fracking Organizations are celebrating in support of the DEC’s findings. Water and Natural Resource Associate Liz Moran states,