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storm water:

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.

Save The Rain
rain barrel:

The county’s Rain Barrel Program provides FREE rain barrels to home-owners on the South and West sides of Syracuse. Click here for a map of eligible areas. If you live in one of the areas shown shaded in dark green on the map, you are eligible to receive a rain barrel. Please note to receive a rain barrel, home-owners must attend a brief rain barrel workshop. Participants will also be required to authorize a Rain Barrel Agreement Form. Forms will be provided at the workshops, but to save time, print it at home and bring a signed copy with you. Please go to the Save the Rain site for more information.