Honeywell to avoid boat wrecks on bottom of Onondaga Lake

Project Updates - February 6, 2012

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The Post-Standard says Honeywell International has agreed to avoid sunken canal boats, pier remains and other historical artifacts when it dredges decades of industrial waste from the bottom of Onondaga Lake starting this year.

The company, the successor to Allied Chemical Co and its predecessors, said it modified its dredging plans after an archaeological consultant concluded the boat wrecks and the underwater artifacts were historically significant because of their ties to the development of the state Barge Canal system and the Syracuse Inner Harbor.

Lake Champlain Maritime Museum, of Vergennes, Vt, said in a new report to Honeywell that a 58-acre section of the southern end of the lake should be designated a maritime historic district to protect seven wooden vessels and the remains of piers, pilings and a concrete breakwater from the dredging.

The relics are significant because of their links to the lakeís commercial, industrial and recreational history from the late 1800s and early 1900s.

The museum also recommended that the company avoid damaging four other sunken boats outside of the proposed historical district.

According to Post-Standard, Honeywell said it has adopted the consultantís recommendations and will work around the historical artifacts when it vacuums up 2.65 million cubic yards of lake bottom contaminated with mercury and other hazardous chemicals dumped in the 1800s and 1900s by its predecessors.

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