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Community groups can help beautify our neighborhoods and at the same time help contribute to the rebirth of Onondaga Lake! Community participation is a vital part of the Save the Rain program.

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Tree Planting Program

The Save the Rain Tree Planting Program has developed a robust tree planting strategy for…

Tree Planting Program

The Save the Rain Tree Planting Program has developed a robust tree planting strategy for…

Other ways you can get involved in your community:


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!


Get to Know Your Neighbors

The best way for good ideas and energy to spread is to talk about them! For example, lawns take a lot of energy and in some cases, fertilizer to maintain. They are also not great at soaking up rain water. One way to greatly increase the storage capacity of your block is to get together with your neighbors and discuss your thoughts about low impact lawns! Low impact lawns are lush and full of plants (native plants are ideal) and require minimal maintenance. Of course, you can opt to plant this type of lawn at your home regardless of what your neighbors decide, but idea sharing is a great way to support one another and beautify your neighborhood.


Clean Water Fair

The County Department of Water and Environment Protection hosts the Clean Water Fair every September! This event allows members of the community to take a full tour of the Metro Treatment Plant and learn how a wastewater treatment plant operates. The Clean Water Fair also offers family friendly activities, green infrastructure displays, wildlife from Onondaga Lake and much more!

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