June 2017 - Onondaga Lake Remediation Projects


Onondaga Lake Remediation Projects



NOON THANKS everyone who asked for an extension of time! We got it!

NYS DEC and U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service has Announced New Opportunities for Public Input on Proposals to Restore Wildlife Habitat and Recreation on Onondaga Lake

The initial six-week public comment period on the draft plan has been extended 45 days to July 17, 2017.

Public Comment Session & Additional Open House Scheduled for Thursday, June 22, at Syracuse Community Connections – Southwest Community Center, 401 South Ave., Syracuse, NY 13204, in the Clover Corner room.

5:00 p.m. Open House - Posters of projects outlined in the draft plan will be available for viewing and representatives from DEC and the USF&WS will be on hand to answer questions and explain the natural resource damage assessment and restoration process.

6:00 p.m. Public Hearing - All persons, organizations, corporations, or government agencies that may be affected by the proposed project are encouraged to comment on the proposed projects. It is not necessary to file a written request in advance to speak at the public comment session. Time available for oral comments is limited to three minutes per person to ensure that all persons have an opportunity to be heard.

Written and oral statements and comments on the proposed projects are encouraged.

July 17, 2017 deadline for written comments sent by mail to Anne Secord, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 3817 Luker Road, Cortland, New York 13045, by email to anne_secord@fws.gov, or phone at (607) 753-9334.

The May NOON Newsletter lists a series of projects to restore and protect wildlife habitat and water quality and increase recreational opportunities at Onondaga Lake, as well as additional back ground information.

NOON would like to bring to you attention the fact that information provided about the calculated losses and the proposed projects is way too limited to even guess whether the overall compensation proposed is enough OR whether the best, most beneficial suite of projects has been chosen.

Overall, this settlement needs more community-proposed projects. Many were proposed and rejected for lack of information, an absurdity because the form given was only two pages long, and the Trustees never asked for more information! These projects need to be given the time and opportunity to be considered properly.

Please consider raising the following possible additional restoration projects in your comments.

- There are no restoration projects planned for Lower Onondaga Creek, which is badly channelized as it flows through the city. Neighbors on the Southside are asking for projects that make the creek more accessible, more natural, and help reduce flooding risks for the Southside.

- Trails around the lake need to leave space for wetland restoration, and should not be built until the waste beneath them has been remediated to the point where there is no danger if walker/bikers leave the trail.

- ALL recreational fishing projects need to have adequate signage warning people not to eat the fish.

- The pollution of fish so that they are so unsafe to eat hurts not only the Onondaga Nation but all people in Syracuse – refugees, foodies, the poor - who wish to be able to catch local fish and eat them. There are currently no proposals to address this harm.

  • The Onondaga Nation needs a place where they can take their children and safely teach them to fish, and continue cultural traditions. This land needs to be returned to them with no strings attached, in recognition of their full sovereign title to it which they have held for over 1000 years.

Again, THANK YOU for speaking up about these issues.



NOON acknowledges that we are on the territory of the Onondaga Nation, counsel fire of the Haudenosaunee Confederacy.

We are thankful for their stewardship of our environment.



Path Through History: "Onohgwa" (Corn Soup), June 17-18, Ganondagan State Historical Site, Victor, NY. Enjoy a guided walk then sample some traditional Seneca corn soup at the Longhouse.

Seneca Bark Longhouse At Ganondagan State Historical Site Is Open now through October 31. You can further your understanding of the Seneca and Haudenosaunee - and their message of peace - from a comprehensive cultural, historical, and environmentalperspective. Tour the full-size replica of the 17th-century Seneca Bark Longhouse, walk miles of self-guided trails, climb the mesa where a huge palisaded granary stored thousands of bushels of corn and then visit the Seneca Art & Culture Center.

Walking the Steel: From Girder to Ground Zero Exhibit, April 1 - November 30, 2017, Iroquois Indian Museum, Howes Cave, NY. Artwork, artifacts, photographs, and audio recollections interprets the long-standing cultural and occupational tradition of iron working and its prominent role in Iroquois communities. Also explores the response to 9-11 by these individuals who had no national obligation to aid in the recovery but selflessly did (in some cases at immense personal cost), and concludes with the Haudenosaunee role in raising the 758-ton spire for the Freedom Tower at One World Trade Center in May 2013.

Strawberry Festival, June 24 & 25th, 10:00-6:00 pm, Kanatsiohare:ke 4934 State Highway 5, Fonda, NY Traditional & Contemporary Music & Dance, Silent Auction, Arts & Crafts, Storytelling, Food, Adults - $5.00, Seniors & Children under 12 - $3.00, Children under 5 – Free

Sunrise Birdwatching Picnic,June 25, 7:30-9:30 am, Ganondagan State Historical Site, Victor, NY. Attendees Should Bring/Wear: Clothing appropriate to the weather, extra blankets or pillows if desired, extra food if desired (for themselves) and any bird books or binoculars they want to bring in addition to site supplies. Free and Open to the Public. Register at Alexis.VanWinkle@parks.ny.gov.



NOON Steering Committee Open Meeting, Tuesday, June 13, 7-8:30 pm, Syracuse Peace Council, 2013 East Genesee St, Syracuse, NY. Since new people often have a lot of questions, we recommend talking with Carol Baum, Syracuse Peace Council Staff (3154725478, carol@peacecouncil.net) or Sue Eiholzer, NOON Volunteer (3154922684, rsue@twcny.rr.com) before the meeting. June meeting date will be Tuesday, 7/11.


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First-ever Juried Hodinöhsö:ni'Art Show at Ganondagan, Enter by June 18. Juried Hodinöhsö:ni'Art Show to be exhibited at the Native American Dance and Music Festival, July 22& 23, 2017. Submit in four divisions: Beadwork, Basketry, Traditional Arts & Fine Art. You can enter up to three pieces of new work for consideration in the show. Cash prizes will be awarded. Send digital images of your work by SUNDAY,JUNE 18. Artists will be notified that week if you submissions have been accepted. Click here for complete details and entry form.



WITNESS TO INJUSTICE: UNRAVELING HISTORIC NATIVE & U.S. RELATIONS This inter-active group exercise is a 1 ½ hour teaching tool that uses participatory education to raise awareness of the history of the relationship between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples in the part of the world now known as the United States. Through the use of meaningful quotes, and blankets that represent part of Turtle Island (the Western Hemisphere), we explore this shared history that most people rarely learn in traditional settings. We engage in a conversation about the European colonization of Turtle Island in order to deepen our understanding of the denial of Indigenous peoples' nationhood throughout U.S. History. NOON is offering this exercise to groups, organizations, schools and churches. A good will offering to support NOON's work is appreciated If you would like additional information or to schedule a time for a presentation, please contact Sue Eiholzer at 315-492-2684 or rsue@twcny.rr.com.

The Doctrine of Discovery: Unmasking the Domination Code film is premised on Pagans in the Promised Land: Decoding the Doctrine of Christian Discovery, a book based on two decades of research by Shawnee, Lenape scholar Steven T. Newcomb. Available to borrow. Contact Carol Baum at 315-472-5478 or carol@peacecouncil.net


Standing on Sacred Ground Videos. Each of the 4 episodes is 60 min. Pilgrims and Tourists, Profit and Loss, Fire and Ice and Islands of Sanctuary. If you have a group of friends or know an organization that would like to view any of these films, please contact Carol Baum at 3154725478 or carol@peacecouncil.net


Native American Dance & Music Festival, July 22-23, Ganondagan State Historical Site, Victor, NY. Free admission for (active) Friends of Ganondagan members! Featuring the Akwesasne Women Singers and Theresa Bear Fox. New this year, a juried Haudenosaunee art show!


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