The Save the Rain
program, launched by County Executive Joanie Mahoney, is a comprehensive plan to cleanup and restore Onondaga Lake. The program includes construction of traditional gray infrastructure projects and the development of an innovative green infrastructure plan to reduce the effects of storm water pollution to the Lake and its tributaries. The 2011 season will feature the launch of several gray projects, as well as the development the “Save the Rain-Project 50” campaign to construct 50 distinct green infrastructure projects over the course of the year.
By reducing the amount of storm water going into the sewers through these “green” technologies, the County hopes to reduce the need for and cost of any future “gray” facilities, while still minimizing the number of Combined Sewer Overflows.