Has Onondaga Lake, formerly the most polluted lake in the nation, really been cleaned up?
Onondaga Lake: Clean enough?
Onondaga Lake, while now picturesque, was once known as the country’s most polluted lake and has multiple SUPERFUND sites. One of the corporations responsible for originally polluting it, Honeywell, has cleaned the lake up and put a steel barrier wall and cap in place to prevent further pollution. However, according to members of the Onondaga Nation, the Indigenous tribe whose land encompasses the lake, both of these solutions will eventually fail, and the lake is still severely polluted. This video explores the multitude of issues facing the public as a direct result of the pollution and obstacles to finishing the job. While the lake is still polluted, cleaning it would offer massive benefits to the ecology of the area, and the people living here too, making it a site worth fighting for.