Politicians and scientists from around Central New York gathered Monday to mark a major milestone in the restoration of Onondaga Lake. Honeywell, which has been overseeing the lake’s restoration, announced that the dredging of the lake has been completed one year ahead of schedule.
This comes after decades of concern regarding contamination levels in the lake. SUNY-ESF president Doctor Quentin Wheeler put the importance of the newly dredged lake in perspective:
Could the way we feel be caused by environmental factors in Central New York ? That was one of several topics mentioned today during the Biotechnology Symposium at SUNY ESF. Former President Doctor Neil Murphy says the World Health Organization has determined that 90 percent of all diseases are either initiated or aggravated by environmental factors. A local collaborative to use biotechnology to improve human health concerns has been developed through State funding from the Governor.
The Central new York Regional Economic Development Council (CNYREDC) held a presentation at the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry Wednesday detailing the progress it has made in creating jobs and ensuring economic development in the area. The presentation was held in preparation for a request of $31 million in funding, the Council's third round of sponsorship from the state government.