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Onondaga Lake Natural Resource Damage Assessment

In March 2018, the United States Department of the Interior, acting through the United States Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) and the State of New York, acting through the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC), together the Trustees, settled a natural resource damage claim with the Responsible Parties, Honeywell International Inc. and Onondaga County, New York, for the Onondaga Lake Superfund Site in Onondaga County, New York. 

The “March 2018 Onondaga Lake Natural Resource Damage Consent Decree” outlines specific restoration projects currently underway and includes additional funding for Trustee sponsored natural resource restoration projects.  Specifically, this funding “shall be applied toward the costs of restoration, rehabilitation, or replacement of injured natural resources, and/or acquisition of equivalent resources, including, but not limited to, any administrative, legal, oversight and maintenance costs, and expenses necessary for, and incidental to, restoration, rehabilitation, replacement and/or acquisition of equivalent resources.” 

How to Submit a Funding Proposal to the Trustees 
There is a two-step process to submit a funding proposal for natural resource restoration projects consistent with the 2017 Onondaga Lake Natural Resource Damage Assessment Restoration (NRDAR) Plan and Environmental Assessment and the 2018 Onondaga Lake Natural Resource Damage Consent Decree

Step 1 

Submit a completed Onondaga Lake NRDAR Project Concept Proposal to: Amy Roe at amy_roe@fws.gov and Jared Reed at jared.reed@dec.ny.gov  Concept Proposals are accepted throughout the year. The Trustees will endeavor to make Concept Proposal decisions within 30 days from receipt of Concept Proposals. 

Step 2 

Applicants that receive Trustee approval of Onondaga Lake NRDAR Concept Proposals are eligible to submit a full Onondaga Lake NRDAR Proposal by the biannual deadlines of March 1 and September 1 of each Calendar Year: to Amy Roe at amy_roe@fws.gov and Jared Reed at jared.reed@dec.ny.gov.  Funding decisions will be made by April 30 and October 31 of each Calendar Year.    

Onondaga Lake NRDAR Consent Decree

Onondaga Lake NRDAR Final Consent Decree - March 2018

Onondaga Lake NRDAR Consent Decree Scopes of Work - March 2018

Onondaga Lake Restoration Resources:

Community Working Group presentations, 4th quarter 2021

Community Working Group presentations, 1st quarter 2021

Community Working Group presentations, 4th quarter 2019

Community Working Group presentations, 1st quarter 2019

Community Working Group presentations, 4th quarter 2018

Comprehensive Plan for Invasive Species Control and Habitat Preservation, Onondaga Lake Watershed, Onondaga County, NY

NRDA & Restoration Plan Projects - Fact sheet (December, 2018) (pdf)

Restoration Update - Fact sheet(Nov 26, 2018) (pdf)

Ground Rules for Working Group (Nov. 20th, 2018) (pdf)

Onondaga Lake NRDAR Restoration Workplan(June 19, 2018) (7 MB pdf)

*Onondaga Lake NRDA Final Restoration Plan and Environmental Assessment* (13 Mb pdf)

Public Comments Transcript (5 Mb pdf)

Fact Sheet (pdf)

Presentation (pdf)

Open House Posters:

Erie Canal & SW Lakeshore Trails (pdf)

Maple Bay & Jetties (pdf)

Hudson Farms, Nine Mile, Grassland (pdf)

SW Lakeshore Trails (pdf)

Tully (pdf)

Watershed Posters (2) (pdf)

Backhoe in action on the water

Onondaga Lake - Past Reports:

Onondaga Lake Summary Winter Waterfowl Survey - 2007-2008 (pdf)

Pilot Assessment of Mercury Exposure to Bats at Onondaga Lake - 2008 (1.2 MB pdf)

Pilot Assessment of Mercury and PCB Exposure in Birds at Onondaga Lake - 2008:
Appendix III (pdf)
Appendix IV (pdf)

Assessment of Mercury in Birds at Onondaga Lake - 2008-2009 (2.46 MB pdf)

Assessment of Mercury Exposure to Bats at Onondaga Lake, New York, 2009 Field Season (1.58 MB pdf)

Onondaga Lake Natural Resource Damage Assessment Plan Addendum - Final, October 2012 (1.55 MB pdf)

Onondaga Lake Pre-Assessment Screen (1 MB pdf)

Onondaga Lake Migratory and Winter Waterfowl Pilot Contaminant Assessment (4.3 MB pdf)

Onondaga Lake Natural Resource Damage Assessment Fact Sheet (pdf)

Onondaga Lake Waterfowl Fact Sheet (pdf)

Mercury in the Invertivore Food Web of Onondaga Lake 2013 (2.2 MB pdf)

Onondaga Lake Potential Restoration and Redevelopment Projects Database (pdf)

Onondaga Lake Restoration Form (pdf)

Onondaga Lake Restoration Fact Sheet (pdf)

Avian Community Composition and Blood Mercury and Chromium in Onondaga Lake Wastebeds (2.5 MB pdf)

Onondaga Lake Bald Eagle Risk Assessment - Mercury (2.5 MB pdf)

Onondaga Lake Bald Eagle Risk Assessment - PCBs (3.1 MB pdf)

Mercury in Northern Green Frogs and Snapping Turtles from Onondaga Lake (pdf)

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Last updated: October 25, 2021
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