Welcome to the Sierra Club Iroquois Group

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

 

Onondaga/ Cortland Trash Importation Plan

Rock Cut Road incinerator, WSYR 9
Rockcut Road Incinerator. Photo from News Channel 9, WSYR

Dear Friends,

Please give your support in protecting our Onondaga County residents and children.

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Events

Photo by Tom Boll, University United Methodist Church
University United Methodist Church, Photo by Tom Boll

Sierra events encourage us to Explore, Enjoy and Protect the Planet. They are free and open to all. Some parks may charge an entry fee.

Outdoor Events

Outdoor events are walks or visits to places of environmental interest.

Explore Old Fly Marsh

Sunday, February 8, 2015 - 2:00 PM

Number 5 Road West (about 1/2 mile east of Cemetary Rd)
Pompey, NY 13138

This preserve contains a 45-acre marsh and pond that are regular resting spots for migrating waterfowl. It also includes a mature forest with a wide variety of flora. Directions to Old Fly Marsh can be found at: cnylandtrust.org/preserves.html. The parking lot where we’ll meet is about 1⁄4 mile east of the intersection on the north side.

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Baltimore Woods in the Winter

Photo by Sierra Club, Iroquois Group
Photo by Sierra Club, Iroquois Group
Sunday, March 8, 2015 - 2:00 PM

4007 Bishop Hill Road
Marcellus, NY 13108

This beautiful 180-acre area in Marcellus has more than six miles of hiking trails we can explore, depending on our group’s whim. Please note that dogs are not allowed. Baltimore Woods is located at 4007 Bishop Hill Road, Marcellus. We’ll meet in the upper parking lot.

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Indoor Programs

Indoor programs are held at 7:30 on the 4th Wednesday of the month (unless otherwise noted) at University United Methodist Church (UUMC), 1085 E. Genesee St. Syracuse. Park and enter on University Ave.

Fossil Fuel Divestment on Central New York Campuses

Fossil Free
Image provided by Fossil Free

Wednesday, February 25, 2015, 7:30 PM

Students from several CNY campuses will report on their ongoing efforts to convince their respective colleges/universities to divest their fossil fuel investments. Attendees are sure to draw some inspiration from their dedicated efforts.

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Time for an Update on Onondaga Lake

Nine Mile Creek restoration photo provided Honeywell
Nine Mile Creek restoration
image by Honeywell (LakeCleanUp.com)
Wednesday, March 25, 2015, 7:30 PM

The dredging of Onondaga Lake is complete! Water quality is the best it’s been in 100 years, and more than 110 species of fish, birds and mammals have returned to wetlands in the area. Join us as Honeywell describes their success and shares their plans to further restore the lake that has gone from “polluted” to “swimmable.”

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Prospects for the Environment Following the 2015 Elections

New York State Capitol, Photo by Matt Wade, Creative Commons, Wikipedia
New York State Capitol
Photo by Matt Wade, Creative Commons, Wikipedia
Wednesday, April 22, 2015, 7:30 pm

University United Methodist Church
1085 E. Genesee St.
Syracuse, NY

Celebrate Earth Day with this informative presentation by Roger Downs, Atlantic Chapter Conservation Director. Downs will report on the activities of the new Legislature in Albany and discuss the status of the Atlantic Chapter’s efforts to date.

 

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Articles

Conservation Chair Report

Photo by the Sierra Club, Iroquois Group
Photo by the Sierra Club, Iroquois Group

by Linda DeStefano

Onondaga Lake Amphitheater

The Iroquois Group was one of many local organizations opposed to the planned construction of an amphitheater on the shore of Onondaga Lake. The Group’s statement on this issue expressed concern that the “...project was being planned with little thought to preserving the undeveloped land left around Onondaga Lake.” Sadly, we and the natural area where the amphitheater will be built - including the many wild animals who call it home - lost the battle when county legislators voted 12 to 5 to approve the plan.

Ash to Trash Proposal

This past October, the Iroquois Group had the privilege of sponsoring an event featuring Neil Seldman, Ph.D., co-founder and president of the Institute for Local Self- Reliance. For a recap of Seldman’s presentation, “Expanding Recycling and Economic Development in Onondaga County,” please read "Expert in Reuse Based Enterprises Visits Syracuse" in the Winter 2015 newsletter.

Inspiring Conference on Fracking Infrastructure

Approximately 200 activists gathered at Ithaca College on November 15, 2014 for the Protecting Communities from Fracking's Collateral Damage Conference. Attendees and presenters shared information and strategies to combat New York State’s rapidly expanding fracking infrastructure, which includes the transport, disposal and storage of fracked gas.

Topics of discussion included the dizzying array of new pipelines, compressor stations, storage facilities and landfills for radioactive drill cuttings that are either in operation or being proposed.

Another hot button issue on the agenda were the bomb trains (a.k.a. “moving pipelines”) that carry explosive fracked crude oil through New York State (including Syracuse) en route to their final destinations.

According to conference presenters, one of the biggest challenges for bomb train activists is untangling the intertwined ball of state and federal regulatory agencies. Bill and Sandy Podulka, Lindsay Speer and others put together a guide, “Who Regulates What,” to help activists know where to go to intervene. Various interactive maps were presented, including one that depicted all of the schools within a mile of the tracks bomb trains utilize.

Conference presenters included dedicated professionals and grassroots activists who had to learn very rapidly how to fight a proposed plan which would endanger their families and community. Solidarity abounded as seasoned activists helped new leaders. Those who have been peacefully blocking Crestwood’s attempt to store methane in salt caverns under Seneca Lake were especially lauded.

You can receive information/updates about environmental conservation issues by joining our Environmental Issues listserv. If you'd like to join, contact Linda DeStefano, Conservation Chair.

Date Event More Information
Sun, 02/08/2015 Explore Old Fly Marsh
2:00 PM

Number 5 Road West (The parking lot is about 1/4 mile east of Cemetary Rd), Pompey, NY 13138
Wed, 02/25/2015 Fossil Fuel Divestment on Central New York Campuses
7:30 PM

1085 East Genesee Street, Syracuse, NY 13210, USA
Sun, 03/08/2015 Baltimore Woods in the Winter
2:00 PM

4007 Bishop Hill Road, Marcellus, NY 13108
Wed, 03/25/2015 Time for an Update on Onondaga Lake
7:30 PM

1085 East Genesee Street, Syracuse, NY 13210, USA
Wed, 04/22/2015 Prospects for the Environment Following the 2015 Elections
7:00 PM

1085 East Genesee Street, Syracuse, NY 13210, USA

SUN,WATER,FUN - a service trip experience

Early Winter Hike at Conifer Park (James E. Heath Park)

Onondaga Creekwalk

Explore Old Fly Marsh

Fossil Fuel Divestment on Central New York Campuses

Baltimore Woods in the Winter

Time for an Update on Onondaga Lake

Prospects for the Environment Following the 2015 Elections