Green Infrastructure

Light a Candle for Literacy Festival

Danforth Middle School
Street:
309 West Brighton Avenue
Additional:
Parade starts at Key Bank
City:
Syracuse
,
Province:
New York
Postal Code:
13205

Contact Info

Geneva Hayden
382-6703
ahayden4@twcny.rr.com

The Literacy Parade will start at noon and march from Key Bank at the corner of Colvin and S. Salina Streets to Danforth School.

The festival will be held at Danforth School from 1 - 3pm. There will food, games, prizes, free books and information about health and the environment. There will also be a variety of special entertainment.

POC members and the youth going to NYSDEC summer camp will march in the parade.

How to Go Green in the 'Cuse with Green Infrastructure

Dunbar Center
Street:
1453 S. State Street
City:
Syracuse
,
Province:
New York
Postal Code:
13205

Contact Info

Amy Samuels
433-1757
asamuels@oei.org

Hosted by the Dunbar seniors this free workshop will explain how green landscaping and building techniques benefit local neighborhoods and waterways, like Onondaga Creek.

Presentations from Onondaga Environmental Institute staff and Onondaga Earth Corps youth will talk about several local uses of green infrastructure, including rain gardens, rain barrels, green roofs, and porous pavement, as well as a tour of practices used at the Dunbar Center.

The workshop will include complimentary lunch for participants who RSVP by May 11th.

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.

Community Grant Collaboration

Last year Onondaga County kicked off its "Save the Rain" program to keep stormwater runoff out of the city storm drains, a.k.a., catch basins. This runoff makes its way into the city's storm and combined sewers, often polluting our city's streams and Onondaga Lake. Part of the county's success will rely on city residents doing what they can to catch the rain on their property and keeping the runoff from migrating into the streets, and thereby the drains. 

Green Infrastructure

According to www.greeninfrastructure.net

Green infrastructure is strategically planned and managed networks of natural lands, working landscapes and other open spaces that conserve ecosystem values and functions and provide associated benefits to human populations.

History

The History of the Midland Sewage Plant Struggle

on Syracuse's Southwest side

Combined Sewer Overflow Problem

About the Partnership

 The Partnership for Onondaga Creek (POC), founded in 2000, is a non-profit, un-staffed, low-budget, unincorporated, independent grassroots citizens' group.  The POC is dedicated to environmnetal justice and to water quality of Syracuse's waterways, especially Onondaga Creek.