Stop the Rush on the Onondaga Lake Amphitheater Plan
There's still time to oppose the Wastebed Amphitheater!
Sign the petition to tell Onondaga County: Don't build the amphitheater on the wastebeds!
October 1 at 6 pm - Public hearing on amphitheater bonding proposal, Geddes Town Hall (1000 Woods Rd., Solvay)
October 9 at 7 pm - Public hearing on 2015 County budget proposal, Legislative Chambers of the County Courhouse (401 Montgomery St., Syracuse)
View the County's proposed 2015 budget here.
September Ways & Means report (recent adjustments to 2015 budget)
The work of NOON and others as part of Citizens for a Better Plan has led to an extension of the comment period on the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for the proposed Onondaga Lake Amphitheater. The comment period now extends until September 5.
Neighbors of the Onondaga Nation is pushing for a full lake clean up, not a "clean up" that will leave hazardous contaminants in the lake and on its shorelines.
The proposed west shore amphitheater would cover up large areas of old wastebeds, making future clean up very difficult and costly, if possible at all.
NOON is working with the coalition, Citizens for a Better Plan, to push for more time for public review and comment on the plan and (DEIS) as well as raising many concerns about the proposed plan. While we appreciate the extension, we urge the County Legislature to hold the DEIS open until key documents and plans are available for review. These include a business plan, site remediation plan, site management plan, long-term traffic mitigation measures, and detailed construction plans for building on unstable Solvay Wastes, remain in development or unavailable to the public. We are concerned that neither the public nor the County Legislature can form a complete picture of the unmitigable environmental impacts of this project or weigh them against the project’s social and economic benefits, as required by the State Environmental Quality and Review Act (SEQRA), without this information.
Here are some key questions/concerns we have:
- Does the project make economic sense? Will neighboring communities gain enough economically to outweigh the costs? Where is the business plan?
- How will the excess noise and heavy traffic from regular concerts be managed?
- How will visitors to the amphitheater be protected from contamination on site?
- Is an amphitheater the best use for this site? What alternative sites might provide the same or greater benefits with fewer negative impacts?
Links to learn more:
Citizens for a Better Plan's Op-Ed on Syracuse.com, August 22, 2014
Proposed Lakeside Amphitheater Seeks to Bury the Waste, July-August 2014 PNL #836
WCNY Interview with Onondaga Nation General Counsel Joe Heath, May 23, 2014
-Joe Heath’s commentary in Syracuse New Times. May 28
-Onondaga Nation’s Vision for a Clean Onondaga Lake
Answers to these questions depend on yet-to-be-determined plans or are buried in the 654-page Draft Environmental Impact Statement.
This is a publicly funded project. We're asking the County to take the time to answer these questions, to ask for public opinion, and to hear public concerns in a fair and transparent process.
Send requests for an extension of time and more hearings to:
David Coburn, Director/Onondaga County Office of the Environment
421 Montgomery Street
Syracuse, NY 13202
Send copies of these requests to your County Legislator. Find your legislator at www.ongov.net/legislature/members.html.
Review and submit comments on the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS), available at http://www.ongov.net/environment/amphitheaterdocs.html.
Learn more about the amphitheater project here: http://ongov.net/executive/onondagalakewest/.