CPWG March 5, 2013 Meeting Notes
Posted on: 03/23/2013 09:02 PM

Attendance: Mark Boorady, Nancy Bronstein, Becky Corbin, Bill Davern, Jeffrey Freedman, Hugh Kimball, Jim McMahon, Kathy MacRae, Frank Moses, Roger Pisarek, Jack Ramsden, Allen Silverstone
Staff: Mary Jane Peachy, Reggie Parker, (DEC), Craig Milburn, Amy Rood (Honeywell)
Guest: Mike LaFlair, 2nd Ward, Town of Camillus, Joe Frega from Lakeland
Absent: Steve Germano and Les Monostory

Becky called the meeting to order at 4:07PM.

1. February Meeting Notes: The normal circulation system for on-line approval broke down last month, so it was decided to approve them at this meeting. Roger moved, Hugh seconded and they were approved.

2. Update on proposed odor mitigation measures: Reggie indicated there was no new data since last meeting. DEC had approved the installation of a windscreen which required some excavation work so the short term air monitoring sites were back up and running. The windscreen is described as about 35 feet high, porous, with misting capability and running about 1500 feet along northern perimeter. Mary Jane said DEC had met with Honeywell on the lengthy list of potential odor mitigation measures and expected a report back from Honeywell around mid-March. It was decided to go ahead with the windscreen in advance of the report. There were questions from the group regarding the purpose of the screen, its structure, impact on wildlife and birds, and any additional monitoring.
Bill initiated a discussion of the sampling method the DEC was using since some of the residents were proposing a different method (FTIR). DEC feels comfortable with the current monitoring process but is open to consideration of other types of equipment and technology, and is looking into FTIR.
Jeff and Al had talked to an authority on mercury and wanted to get more information on VOC’s and origin material for the odors. Jeff felt there was a need for a scientific overview of the contaminants that are being dredged. Mary Jane said they had taken 6000 core samples in the planning for dredging. Jeff wondered if the results of that work might be available in a summary format.

3. Update on Onondaga Lake Partnership (OLP) successor: Jack reported that an expanded OLP Executive Committee had been meeting since the public events at the Zoo (November 2011) and Genesee Grande (June 2012). The OLP funding expired last year and the OLP legislative authorization expires at the end of September 2014. Two things are currently underway: Legislation is being drafted to create a watershed-wide organization and EPA is proposing funding for a watershed coordinator that would work out of the DEC offices in Syracuse. Next meeting of the expanded group is Thursday, March 7 at the Center of Excellence. Several CPWG members expressed interest in attending.

4. Report on underwater object assessment: Jeff attended a meeting with the organization that did the lake bottom mapping. Out of approximately 60 objects that the 300 page report identified, 20 were noted as being historically significant and may lead to designation of an underwater maritime historic district near the Syracuse end of the lake. It did not seem that the underwater objects would interfere with dredging, or have a significant impact on navigation. There already was an effort to get some of the objects on navigation charts.

5. Public use initiative: Frank reported on Emanuel Carter’s (SUNY-ESF) project of engaging public dialogue in future uses for a portion of the Honeywell property. They were creating a survey that would be circulated in the next month or so to targeted resident stakeholders. An on-line survey will also be available to Onondaga County residents. The exact identity of the land under consideration is unclear, but it is probably going to be limited to “soft project structures” rather than commercial or residential use.

6. Public outreach plans and CPWG involvement: Becky suggested and it was agreed that the responses and information sharing needed to remain positive. The CPWG should support DEC’s efforts to get facts out to the public. There was a wide ranging discussion of the recent letter in the Post-Standard and the on-going citizen discontent with the odor impacts on quality of life issues. Jeff thinks the County Health Department should have some background on the issue and perhaps they should become involved to help allay neighbors’ health concerns. We also need to see how we are to proceed in cooperation with DEC with the impending absence of Stephanie for a period of time.
Jim has done upgrades to the CPWG website and that is appreciated. He indicated there has been a slight uptick in visitors to the website recently.

7. Future meeting planning: The April meeting will be at the Liverpool Library and will feature a spokesperson from Onondaga County’s Water Protection Environment Department to speak on combined sewer overflows (CSOs). We will have a business meeting after the presentation.
There is a F.O.C.U.S. presentation on March 15 at 7:30AM at the City Hall Atrium that will feature their work for Onondaga County on future uses of the Onondaga Lake waterfront. It was suggested that as many members as possible attend this event and perhaps we would not need a report to our group at a future meeting.
The May meeting might well be a field trip as the dredging should be started.
We probably need to keep Reggie or Mary Jane on the meeting list until the odor issue becomes less of a topic of interest.
Meeting was adjourned at 5:58PM

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