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Lake Cleanup Fail: Onondaga Deride Flawed Plan, Demand Dredging

Posted on February 16, 2016

By Alex Hamer, Indian Country

Onondaga Nation representatives are calling for toxic sludge to be removed from the bottom of Onondaga Lake after three failures of the system that was supposed to keep it in place.

“People want to be able to treat Onondaga Lake like a lake,” said Tadodaho (Sidney Hill) at a press conference on Friday January 29. “We should be able to swim in it, fish in it, and eat the fish we catch. We should be able to drink water from a lake, just like Syracuse gets Skaneateles Lake water. That is what a lake should be, and what this lake once was. But you have to clean out a wound before it can heal.”


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