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Newsroom Archive 2013

10/31/13 Onondaga Potential Restoration Projects The Onondaga Lake Natural Resource Trustees have released a database of potential restoration projects in the watershed. We invite the public to take a look at restoration projects suggested by a range of organizations and individuals. Please go to our Onondaga Lake NRDA page.

Onondaga Lake

3/26/13 Public, Environment to Benefit from $20.3 Million from Two Settlements for Natural Resource Damage in St. Lawrence River Area The federal government, the State of New York, and the Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe have announced a $19.4 million settlement with Alcoa Inc. and Reynolds Metals Company for injuries to natural resources, recreational fishing, and Mohawk culture resulting from the release of hazardous substances into the St. Lawrence River since at least the late 1950s. More information is available on this website.

Ship on the St. Lawrence


10/17/13 The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposes listing the northern long-eared bat as an endangered species:

6/11/13 Mattiace Petrochemical The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is requesting comments on the Mattiace Petrochemical Superfund Site Draft Restoration and Environmental Assessment Addendum.  Comments should be sent to Anne Secord at by July 15, 2013. Comments may also be conveyed to Anne Secord by phone at (607) 753-9334.

2/14/13 Restoration using toe wood and log vanes on East Branch of AuSable and construction during August of 2011, with three flood events since:

Log vane on the AuSable

See the visual presentation (pdf). See more on the stream restoration page



10/17/13 Service Proposes to List Red Knot as a Threatened Species Under the Endangered Species Act

6/13/13 Protecting New York's Thumb-sized Snail The Chittenango ovate amber snail is unique to New York State -- it can only be found one place in the world. Biologists call this snail "the Chit" and they're working to ensure its future at Chittenango Falls. Please see more information on this unique critter here.

Chittenango ovate amber snail

1/22/13 Hudson River NRDA Update The Hudson River Natural Resource Trustees released a report, "PCB Contamination of the Hudson River Ecosystem," showing that the Hudson River, for greater than 200 miles below Hudson Falls, New York, is extensively contaminated with polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs). Surface waters, sediments, floodplain soils, fish, birds, wildlife, and other biota are all contaminated with PCBs. The report demonstrates decades of high levels of PCB contamination and likely adverse effects on living organisms exposed to the contamination in the Hudson River.  The report, and other information on the Hudson River NRDA, is available at the USFWS Hudson River Website.


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