Public Hearing on the Amphitheater Draft Environmental Impact Statement

Tuesday, August 26, 2014 - 6:00pm
Onondaga County Courthouse (Columbus Circle, downtown Syracuse)
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The work of Neighbors of the Onondaga Nation (NOON) and other groups as part of Citizens for a Better Plan has led to an extension of the comment period on the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for the proposed Onondaga Lake Amphitheater. The comment period now extends until September 5. An additional public hearing is scheduled for Tuesday, August 26 at 6pm in the legislative chambers in the County Courthouse on Columbus Circle.Your support and comments are needed 

NOON is pushing for a full lake clean up, not a "clean up" that will leave hazardous contaminants in the lake and on its shorelines. The proposed west shore amphitheater would cover up large areas of old wastebeds, making future clean up very difficult and costly, if possible at all.

Citizens for a Better Plan is working to raise concerns about the proposed plan. We urge the County Legislature to hold the DEIS open until key documents and plans are available for review by the public. These include a business plan, site remediation and management plans, long-term traffic mitigation measures, and detailed construction plans for building on unstable Solvay Wastes. Without this information neither the public nor the County Legislature can form a complete picture of the environmental impacts of this project or weigh them against the project’s social and economic benefits, as required by the State Environmental Quality and Review Act (SEQRA), .

Some key questions/concerns we have: 

  • Does the project make economic sense? Where is the business plan?
  • How will the excess noise and heavy traffic from regular concerts be managed?
  • How will visitors to the amphitheater be protected from contamination on site?
  • Is an amphitheater the best use for this site? 

What you can do

1) Links to learn more
Fact Sheets to Learn More and Comment on DEIS
The Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS). Be aware that the DEIS is 654 pages long.
Other Groups'/Individual's Comments on the DEIS
Proposed Lakeside Amphitheater Seeks to Bury the WasteJuly-August 2014 Peace Newsletter #836
WCNY Interview with Onondaga Nation General Counsel Joe Heath, May 23, 2014 
Onondaga Nation’s Vision for a Clean Onondaga Lake

2)  Take Action
Email your concerns to:
-- David Coburn, Director, Onondaga County Office of the Environment, 
-- Ryan McMahon, Onondaga County Legislature Chair,
-- Mike Plochocki, Onondaga County Legislature Environmental Protection Committee Chair,

Call or email your County Legislator. To find your Legislator, go to

Forward this email, like the Facebook Page, share this information on social media.

Come to the public hearing Tuesday, August 26 at 6pm!

3)  Keep in touch
-- Updates will be on and on the Peace Council's facebook page.
-- Feel free to contact Carol at SPC - 315.472.5478 or