Dec 22, 2011

Call for public comment on the NRDAR Draft Damage Assessment Plan

In recent years we’ve watched the Onondaga Lake Superfund remediation process begin to unfold. Now the watershed community is starting to talk about a different effort to help the lake: The Natural Resource Damage Assessment and Restoration (NRDAR).   

NRDAR is designed to deal with harm to natural resources that may not be remedied under the Superfund hazardous waste remediation. NRDAR requires the responsible parties to compensate the public for past and future injuries and loss of use of environmental resources resulting from the release of hazardous substances. This includes a requirement that the parties complete or pay for environmental restoration projects.  The NRDAR process for the Onondaga Lake site is being coordinated by the Onondaga Nation, the US Fish and Wildlife Service, and the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation, collectively known as the Trustees. 

To determine the amount of harm done to the natural resources of Onondaga Lake, the Trustees have developed a damage assessment plan. It can be found here:

They are accepting public comment on the document through January 20, 2012. Please add your voice to the community conversation!  Send your comments to Anne Secord at  

Nov 27, 2011

Onondaga Lake Watershed Community Forum this Tuesday!

Please join us for a community conversation about Onondaga Lake!

Speakers will include Onondaga Nation Tadodaho Sidney Hill, Environmental Protection Agency Region 2 Director Judith Enck, Onondaga County Executive Joanne Mahoney, Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner, and New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Region 7 Director Ken Lynch. 

Presentations will be followed by roundtable discussions on topics related to the current cleanup progress and future of Onondaga Lake, such as:
  • projects to reconnect with Onondaga Lake 
  • progress on the cleanup of Onondaga Lake and upland properties
  • green infrastructure and stormwater management 
  • Onondaga Lake Natural Resource Damage Assessment and Restoration process (NRDA) (NRDA is a separate legal process to assess injury and damages to natural resources such as land, air, surface water, groundwater and biota.)
Click HERE for more information! 

Oct 29, 2011

Onondaga Lake Watershed Community Forum

Free and open to the public!
Please join us for an important discussion about current progress and future opportunities for the Onondaga Lake watershed.
Tuesday, November 29
Rosamond Gifford Zoo (1 Conservation Place, Syracuse)
5:00-6:00pm | Open house with refreshments
6:00-8:30pm | Presentations & roundtable discussions
The Forum will feature presentations from key governmental agencies about current clean-up progress followed by roundtable discussions regarding the future of Onondaga lake.