Green Infrastructure Survey

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In 2008, the Partnership for Onondaga Creek teamed up with Dr. April Karen Baptiste, then doing a post-doc at Syracuse University.  Together, we designed and conducted a household survey of 207 people living in the sewersheds connected to combined sewer overflows 077, 060 and 052 (CSOs upstream of the Midland Avenue regional treatment facility and not connected to it).  We were joined by many wonderful survey volunteers from SU, ESF, Citizens Campaign for the Environment and the Onondaga Earth Corps.  All surveys were completed by the last weekend of October, 2008.

 We conducted the survey hoping that it would help the Onondaga County Taskforce Committees that were rethinking CSO abatement in Syracuse.  It is clear that the success of many Green Infrastructure (GI) methods for reducing stormwater run-off need resident acceptance and cooperation.  We hope that this report of the survey results will shed some light on Syracuse residents’ attitudes, their level of support or concerns for GI stormwater controls.

 We see this report as a beginning and welcome others to build on this initiative. Copies of the report can be downloaded from our website's resources area .

Last edited on June 2, 2011

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NYSDEC Awards POC and Its Partners a 2012 Environmental Justice Grant

The Partnership for Onondaga Creek (POC) and Onondaga Earth Corps (OEC) are pleased to announce the award of $49,967 by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) to their joint project called “Growing Syracuse’s Next Generation of Environmental Justice Leaders”. Out of 123 state applicants, the POC/OEC project is the sole winner for the Central New York region. The award will be administered by the groups’ fiscal sponsor, the Onondaga Environmental Institute.


“OEI is pleased to serve as the fiscal sponsor on this project,” stated Onondaga Environmental Institute President Edward Michalenko. “The project’s goals to empower youth to be active participants in creating positive change for their communities and the environment aligns nicely with OEI's mission to advance environmental research, education, planning and restoration in Central New York. Amy Samuels, OEI’s Education and Outreach Coordinator, is excited to provide youth technical training and mentoring.”

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