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The purpose of this site is to enhance communication and participation of Sierra Club members and concerned citizens in preserving our environment.

Bomb Train Protest Report by Linda DeStefano


Linda DeStefano, Michelle Wolfe and David Fischer of the IG were active in organizing a vigil July 8 in downtown Syracuse in memory of the 47 people who were killed July, 2013 in Quebec when bomb trains exploded. Bomb trains carry highly volatile fracked crude oil from N. Dakota. Besides the Quebec disaster, there have been several other explosions and leaks. These same trains travel frequently through Syracuse and environs on their way to the Port of Albany. Our message: Stop the bomb trains! Get them off our rails! Meantime, measures to mitigate the dangers should be taken, such as, prior notification to emergency workers in localities, local emergency plans made public, improved tracks, slower speeds, better training for first responders, less fragile cars.

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EPA Supports Onondaga Lake Watershed Cleanup

Funding Allows for Creation of New Advisory Position


Onondaga Lake. Photo from New York State Museum
Photo courtesy of the New York State Museum

The federal Environmental Protection Agency has provided $260,000 to assist in the efforts to clean up Onondaga Lake. A portion of the funding will be used to provide the salary for a Watershed Coordinator, who will assist public and private agencies in the development of policies to control the flow of polluted water into the lake. Aimee Clinkhammer, previously employed as an Environmental Finance Expert at the Syracuse Center for Excellence, will serve as the Coordinator for the Onondaga Lake Watershed.

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