The Onondaga Nation shared its vision for the future of Onondaga Lake with over 200 people at Syracuse Stage Monday evening April 19. Onondaga Nation Chief Jake Edwards and Haudenosaunee Environmental Task Force Scientific Co-Chair Henry Lickers were joined by Onondaga County Executive Joanne Mahoney, city of Syracuse Director of Planning and Sustainability Andrew Maxwell, SUNY-ESF President Neil Murphy and Onondaga Environmental Institute Project Manager Meredith Perreault.
"This vision is achievable if we work together," Andrew Maxwell said. "The partnerships that we are building in this community are critical for achieving the vision that was beautifully articulated here tonight."
As one of the three Trustees for Onondaga Lake, the Onondaga Nation will have a significant role in guiding the restoration of Onondaga Lake in coming years. That process will include the input of the public. The Onondaga Nation wished to begin public discussion about the future of Onondaga Lake sooner, rather than later.
"It is the duty of the Onondaga Nation's leaders to work for the healing of the land and the waters, to protect them and to pass them on to future generations. This Vision Statement and its sharing with our neighbors is another step on our long journey together with our neighbors to heal and restore our sacred lake," said Onondaga Nation Chief Jake Edwards.
The Onondaga Nation's Vision for a Clean Onondaga Lake was distributed in printed form as a 11-page booklet at the event, available in PDF form at onondaganation.org/lake_vision.html. Additional printed copies are available from the Onondaga Nation,