TACNY Junior Cafe Scientifique: “The Onondaga Lake Remediation; A History-Making Environmental Cleanup Right Out Our Front Door”

Saturday – February 21, 9:30-11:00am

Milton J Rubenstein Museum of Science & Technology – Syracuse, NY

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Have you driven along Route 690 and noticed all the activity happening on Onondaga Lake? What you’re seeing is one of the largest and most complex environmental cleanup projects ever undertaken. The Onondaga Lake cleanup is the result of more than two decades and millions of hours of intensive effort under the supervision of state and federal regulatory agencies, and in cooperation with local elected officials and the community. Hundreds of local scientists, engineers, and skilled craft laborers are working with Honeywell, achieving significant progress implementing lake improvement plans. The Onondaga Lake cleanup is a model for how math, science, and engineering can be used to restore a vital asset to the community. Best of all, it’s all happening right our backyards! In this presentation, our speakers will discuss how the remedy is being implemented and how cutting-edge engineering and construction techniques are being used to achieve significant progress.

People interested in learning more about the Onondaga Lake cleanup are invited to attend the free Junior Cafe presentation on Saturday, February 21, from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Milton J. Rubenstein Museum of Science and Technology (MOST) in Syracuse’s Armory Square. Walk-ins are welcome, but we ask that people RSVP by emailing jrcafe@tacny.org by February 17, 2015.


2015feb9_tacnyjrcafeDavid Smith graduated from Northeastern University with a BS degree in civil engineering. His career includes cleanup of multiple Superfund sites and environmental remediation projects. Mr. Smith came to Parsons in 2009 specifically for the Onondaga Lake Cleanup project. He worked on the design of the required dredge and cap, and then transitioned into the field at the start of the remediation project.

Tom Drachenberg graduated from Clarkson University with a BS degree in Civil/Environmental Engineering. He has worked for Parsons since graduating, and has worked on numerous environmental cleanup projects, a majority of which dealt with contaminated sediment. Mr. Drachenberg has been working on the Onondaga Lake Cleanup project in 2003, beginning with the Feasibility Study, and continuing on with the remedial design, infrastructure construction and the implementation of the remedy.

TACNY Junior Cafe Scientifique

TACNY Junior Cafe Scientifique, a program for middle-school students founded in 2005, features discussions about topics in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics in an informal atmosphere and seeks to encourage students to consider careers in these areas. Students must be accompanied by an adult and can explore the MOST at no cost after the event.

Technology Alliance of Central New York

Founded in 1903 as the Technology Club of Syracuse, the nonprofit Technology Alliance of Central New York’s mission is to facilitate community awareness, appreciation, and education of technology; and to collaborate with like-minded organizations across Central New York.

For more information about TACNY, visit www.tacny.org.

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