Onondaga Lake Cleanup Team Recognized With Environmental Award
Members honored for innovative solutions
July 17, 2017
Recognized as one of the largest restoration projects in North America, the Onondaga Lake remediation in Central New York is the result of more than two decades and millions of hours of intensive effort. The project was completed through an unwavering focus on sound science, technical excellence, community engagement, sustainable practices, and a commitment to health and safety.
Our Onondaga Lake Cleanup Team received the 2017 Western Dredging Association (WEDA) Environmental Excellence Award for Environmental Dredging. WEDA recognized the team for incorporating innovative technologies into an environmentally sustainable remedy for the restoration of Onondaga Lake, which is now becoming an economic driver for the region.
Onondaga Lake cleanup management team members, pictured left to right: Kendrick Jaglal, OBG; Tom Drachenberg, Parsons; John McAuliffe, Honeywell; William Hague, Honeywell; Brian Shanahan, Sevenson Environmental Services; Bill Cretens, Infrastructure Alternatives; and Walter Dinicola, Anchor QEA.
Onondaga Lake project innovations resulted in significant advancements in sediment remediation technology. The cleanup combined innovative dredging and capping designs with long-term habitat restoration leading to an environmentally protective solution. We completed the dredging in November 2014, a year ahead of schedule and lake capping was completed in December 2016. Habitat restoration, a major focus of the cleanup, continues into the fall of 2017.
“Careful design, planning, and execution by a passionate team of scientists, engineers, and skilled craft laborers led to groundbreaking collaborative work that resulted in a very successful restoration of the largest sediment lake cleanup in the country,” said Honeywell Director of Remediation Design and Construction William Hague.
Onondaga Lake cleanup team members include Honeywell, Parsons, OBG, Sevenson Environmental Services, Infrastructure Alternatives; and Anchor QEA.
WEDA is a member of the World Organization of Dredging Associations and covers North, Central and South America. WEDA is dedicated to the exchange of knowledge in fields related to dredging, navigation, marine engineering and construction by sponsoring or co-sponsoring national and international technical conferences, seminars, and symposiums, including publication and dissemination of the proceedings.
In 2014, WEDA awarded the Onondaga Lake Cleanup Team the WEDA Annual Safety Award for its outstanding safety record and performance. The award is presented to “corporations or projects that have been conducted with special attention and focus to public and worker health and safety.”