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Businesses can make a direct difference in the water quality of Onondaga Lake and its tributaries by focusing on two major issues: stormwater and litter. Businesses should strive to reduce the amount of stormwater that runs off of their properties. This will reduce the amount of stormwater entering our sewer system and will lead to improved water quality of Onondaga Lake and its tributaries. It is also important to keep places of business litter free! This will serve the dual purpose of beautifying our community and keeping the Lake clean.

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Green Improvement Fund

The purpose of Onondaga County’s Green Improvement Fund (GIF) is to support the…

Green Improvement Fund

The purpose of Onondaga County’s Green Improvement Fund (GIF) is to support the…

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Combat Litter

Litter in our streets can make its way to our lakes and waterways during storm events. The best way to avoid this pollution is to stop litter at its source. Make it a personal goal to always toss your trash in its proper place – the garbage or recycling bin – and encourage your family, friends and neighbors to do the same. Or better yet, rethink the products and materials that you use at home and beyond. Make reusable products part of your daily routine and avoid single-use products where possible. Another great way to make an impact is to spend time each week picking up litter in your neighborhood. Try starting with a 10 minute cleanup each week!


Proper Drainage

Make sure that roof and sump pump drains are not tied into the sewer system. If they are they should be disconnected. Instead, a discharge tube should run from the sump pump to the exterior of the building.


Use and Dispose of Chemical Products Properly

DO NOT dispose of gasoline, paint, motor oil, fertilizer, pesticides or any other chemicals by pouring them down your household or storm drains. Homeowners should contact the compost facilities for instructions on disposal of these products.

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