GEDDES, NY (WSYR-TV) - People from throughout Central New York worked to transform 17 acres of land at the Geddes Brook into a new habitat for vegetation and wildlife on Saturday. It is just one of many massive cleanup projects that aim to create a safer Onondaga Lake Watershed."I had no idea how huge it was to try and re-establish an eco-system here and that's what their doing and that is beyond phenomenal,” said volunteer Sue Potrikus.
Tucked between Nine Mile Creek and the State Fairgrounds, Geddes Brook is a tributary of Onondaga Lake.
Geddes Brook was recently cleaned of contamination by Honeywell, which said the wetlands are now ready to be replanted."It’ll become home for birds and frogs and turtles and all that kind of stuff so we're planning the vegetation to support the animals that will come back into this wetland,” Honeywell spokesman John McAuliffe said.After cleaning out the sediment, engineers rerouted Geddes Brook so it meanders through the wetland, which is expected to make it a better filter for the water. Volunteers
hope the project will make it possible for visitors to view the wetland from Nine Mile Creek.
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