New York State Agriculture Commissioner Darrel Aubertine has announced that the Great New York State Fair will play host to a major exhibit that will show New Yorkers how coordinated remediation efforts between state and local partners at Onondaga Lake is changing the region and providing for future economic vitality.

The exhibit, called "Onondaga Lake: A Fresh Gateway to a New New York," has been developed over many months by a host of state and local organizations. The exhibit will occupy more than 3,000 square feet of space, an entire wing of the Center of Progress Building. It will take visitors on the lake's journey from its ancient role as the home of the Iroquois people, through the massive remediation effort underway on the lake now, to the developments on its shoreline such as Destiny USA and the upcoming Inner Harbor project.

Fairgoers will be able to see the fish species that are returning to the lake as it improves. They'll discover that the return of the fish has helped to bring back the bald eagle to the area and, if they've spotted an eagle recently, they can contribute to a project that will map the places it has been spotted.

The exhibit, which will be assembled in the final days before the fair opens, will also show how the work being done on Onondaga Lake is tied to economic growth far beyond the lake shore, while highlighting the state's scores of economic investments through all 10 of the Regional Economic Development Councils that formed the heart of governor Andrew Cuomo's strategy for reinvesting in New York.

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