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A renowned fisheries expert from SUNY ESF admits he never gave Onondaga Lake or its fish much thought as he drove past the lake for ten years.  Now, after more than 30 years of research, Dr. Neil Ringler will discuss improvements in Onondaga Lake’s fish population at a special event later this month.  He says when he first began in 1986, he was astounded at how many fish were in the polluted lake…

"I'm not sure a respectable bald eagle would dive and grab something out of that lake.  But there was never a time that we know of when there were no fish in the lake."

County Lawmakers Take Next Step to Expand Loop-the-Lake Trail

Oct 30, 2017
Chris Bolt / WAER News

The future of the trail around Onondaga Lake is taking shape.  Onondaga County Lawmakers are considering how the last piece of that path will be built.  Legislature Chair Ryan McMahon says it hinges on a re-building of Onondaga Lake Parkway.

Scott Willis / WAER News

The latest exhibit of photos taken by local photographers of a diverse range of birds returning to Onondaga Lake is coming up this weekend. The photos were taken in recently restored and enhanced areas along the lake shoreline.

Photographer Greg Craybas of Camillus started snapping photos six years ago after he noticed bald eagles on the commute to his dental practice on University Hill.

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 (UPDATE:  The Morning Presentation and Birding Walk has filled; A second session has been added, running 1:00 to 3:00 p.m., also Feb 11th)

Contrary to what many Central New Yorkers might believe about Onondaga Lake’s ecosystem, it has become a winter home for many Bald Eagles. An event coming up February 11th aims to explain why.

(event registration & deadline info below)

Chris Lajewski is director of the Montezuma Audubon Center.

Scott Willis / WAER News

About three dozen self-described Water Protectors came to Syracuse’s Clinton Square Tuesday as part of a national day of action calling on the federal government to reject The Dakota Access Pipeline.  The group stood outside of the Bank of America to protest the loan issued to build the pipeline.  Many people came to stand in solidarity with the Standing Rock Sioux, the native population that has been negatively affected by the pipeline’s construction. Water Protector Margaret Birdlebough of Syracuse was among the crowd.

Morgan Bulman / WAER News

With signs in hand, Syracuse locals standing in solidarity with Standing Rock Sioux started their rally by chanting “Water is Life!” to the beat of drums.

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Crews are expected to being working Saturday to repair a leak in a pipeline that released some raw sewage into the southern part of Onondaga Lake last Friday. High flows from last week’s heavy rain put enough pressure on the 50-year-old pipe to cause the leak.

FOCUS Greater Syracuse

As Onondaga Lake visitors get to enjoy expanded amenities such as the West Lake Trail, County officials have previously indicated a beach could possibly be added someday.  A new survey released today asks Central New York Residents what they envision for the lake including recreational activities.  FOCUS Greater Syracuse is offering the online survey on their website.  Spokesperson Dee Klees says this is different from the other lake surveys they’ve conducted in the past.

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  Local residents who like the idea of a trail around Onondaga Lake might like to know about a federal program that could help complete it.  After years of a construction stalemate, Onondaga County has applied for a federal transportation grant that would pay most of the cost of finishing the 13-mile loop.  Senator Chuck Schumer was in Syracuse on Monday touting the benefits of completing the trail.

Scott Willis / WAER News

  You may not be able to see it on a sunny day, but when it rains you may find yourself looking at a new take on sidewalk art.  The lack of rain means Onondaga County Department of Water Environment Protection Commissioner Tom Rhoads had to innovate.  

"Right now we're in dry weather, but what we're going to do is activate the art.  Let's see what happens," Rhoads said as water was poured on the sidewalk.  "So, it says, 'Keep litter out of the forecast.  Connect the drops.  Save the rain.'”                                 

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