Onondaga Lake

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About 50 Central New York eighth graders are spending the week conducting experiments and other field work as they learn about the region’s watershed.

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A new recreational feature on Onondaga Lake is being seen as a way to get people more connected with the waterway, while honoring one of its champions.  The Ken Lynch Boat Launch not only indicates progress in the lake’s cleanup, officials say, it also shows an increase in the lake’s value to the community. 

Birds of Prey in the Spotlight at Onondaga Lake Photograph Exhibition This Weekend

Mar 28, 2019
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Central New Yorkers have probably heard about the bald eagles making Onondaga Lake their winter home. But a photo exhibit this weekend aims to show that many other types of birds of prey have also returned to feed and roost at the lake. Onondaga Lake Conservation Corps Director Chris Lajewski says it shows just how far Onondaga Lake has come.

“It used to be the most polluted lake in the country-- no longer.  And we are still getting the word out to the community that it is coming back to life.”

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It probably comes as no surprise that Syracuse-area residents have differing opinions about the idea of putting a beach and swimming area on Onondaga Lake.  Dozens gathered yesterday at Destiny USA to learn more about the feasibility study underway, and to offer their own input. 


Onondaga County is looking to residents for help in determining the feasibility of a beach and swimming area on Onondaga Lake.  The county is using grant money to conduct an in-depth study using public input gathered through surveys, and from meetings like one being held tomorrow evening at Destiny USA. 


Central New Yorkers have a chance this weekend to see up-close some of the latest changes to 90 acres of restored wetlands around Onondaga Lake. The free event put on by Onondaga Lake Conservation Corps aims to help restore the bond between the lake and the community. 

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Demolition began Wednesday on the former Roth Steel property, as Onondaga County officials celebrate the end of the three-year process to acquiring it. The Industrial Development Agency has already spent $2.3 million cleaning up the facility, to transform it into a critical portion of the Loop-the-Lake trail and other use consistent with plans for the area.

Lots of people have opinions about health of Onondaga Lake and recreation around it.  An update today from Onondaga County and Honeywell, hosted by FOCUS Greater Syracuse, shows that a number of projects addressing both concerns are moving right along. 


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. 


Have you ever wondered if just one person can really make a difference? Well, if you have, don't mention that to John DeSantis. He's the Executive Director of the community organization Believe In Syracuse. Their mission is to promote positive perceptions and improve the quality of life in the Greater Syracuse Area.

This week on The 315, John DeSantis chats with Joe Lee and Kevin Kloss about the positive side of Syracuse. Also, he tells us why Central New York residents should be excited about its future.