Green Infrastructure Survey
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 .