Environmental Injustice in the Onondaga Lake Waterscape, New York State, USA

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Environmental Injustice in the Onondaga Lake Waterscape, New York State, USA

Written by Dr. Tom Perreault, Sarah Wraight and Meredith Perreault

is an article for the publication Water Alternatives.

ABSTRACT: This paper examines two interrelated cases of environmental injustice and social mobilisation in the Onondaga lake watershed in Central New York State, USA: (1) the case of the Onondaga Nation, an indigenous people whose rights to, and uses of, water and other resources have been severely reduced through historical processes of Euro-American settlement and industrial development; and (2) the case of the city of Syracuse, New York’s Southside neighbourhood, a low-income community of colour, where a sewage treatment facility was constructed as part of a broader effort to remediate the effects of pollution in Onondaga lake. The Onondaga Nation and the Southside neighbourhood are connected by Onondaga creek, which flows through each before joining Onondaga lake. 

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