Onondaga Lake May Not Be Safe for Swimming After All
A lake that took decades to clean may not quite be ready for swimming after all, despite the fact that community leaders took a well-publicized dip in the water Wednesday.
Environmental Protection Agency Region Two Administrator Judith Enck told Syracuse.com that a portion of the lake is still a Superfund site, and the lake still has "serious pollution problems."
The Upstate Freshwater Institute agreed with the Department of Environmental Conservation in earlier reports released in 2014 that the water was safe for swimming. The disparity in opinions between the opinions of the EPA versus the Upstate Freshwater Institute and DEC has not yet been explained.
We will continue to follow this story and provide updates on both the status of the lake and whether or not it is a safe swimming venue.