The cleanup and future of Onondaga Lake was the topic of discussion on Thursday March 1 at the Solvay Public Library. The library hosted a presentation given by the Onondaga Lake Partnership.
What is the OLP?
The OLP is an organization that promotes cooperation among federal, state and local governments and other involved parties in the management of environmental issues of Onondaga Lake and the watershed.
The six executive partners that comprise the OPL are the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, the New York State Attorney General's Office, Onondaga County and the city of Syracuse.
The group is also comprised of executive, project, resource, and outreach committees.
Two members of the outreach committee came to give a presentation at the library. The outreach committee works to enhance public knowledge and understanding of the partnership and the status of the lake improvement effort.
The presentation, which was given to a small group of people, consisted of a PowerPoint presentation, a question and answer session and a number of pamphlets and newsletters for attendees to take home. With all of the controversy and conversations that surround the lake, attendance was low for this open discussion and information session.
The PowerPoint presentation was informative; however, any statistic given was dated no later than 2005.
Despite a few drawbacks, the OLP is working hard to help make sure that Onondaga Lake will be cleaned up and enjoyed more by the people in the area again.
Already the lake is being utilized for more and more activities, such as the Carp Fishing Tournament and Family Fun Fishing Derby, Enjoy the Lake Day and Onondaga Lake Day.
In 1972 there were only nine types of fish in the lake; today there are 50 different species.