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Onondaga County Save the Rain Program

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About Save the Rain

The Save the Rain program is the result of an amended consent judgement entered into by NYS Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC), Atlantic States Legal Foundation (ASLF), and the Onondaga County Department of Water Environment Protections (OCDWEP)

Onondaga Environmental Institute is pleased to collaborate with the Environmental Finance Center, SUNY ESF, Baltimore Woods, Southside Interfaith CDC and others on the RFP, Onondaga County’s “Save the Rain” Public Education and Outreach Plan. We will sub-contract with the EFC to provide the following services:

  • Deliver educational programs to the Onondaga Earth Corps and empower them to teach peers and adults in their community
  • Coordinate all demonstration projects
  • Develop and deliver workshops for adults and professionals
  • Develop and deliver GI and art workshops for youth
  • Provide outreach to grass roots community organizations
  • Lead a design workshop or charrette related to community education and green infrastructure

We also expect to offer additional cost-shared services at a value of about $30,000 including:

  • Supporting the outreach efforts of the Partnership for Onondaga Creek in regards to their work on this project
  • Additional workshops (Porous Pavement) for professionals, new homeowners and youth
  • Assessment of the effectiveness of rainbarrels as a stormwater engagement tool



Upcoming Rain Barrel Events:

Onondaga County Save the Rain - Rain Barrel Art Gala
Wednesday April 30, 5:30pm - 7:30pm

Rosamond Gifford Zoo

Rain barrels were painted by Onondaga County artists large and small. These artists’ designs were selected from many submissions and represent the talent, creativity and enthusiasm of so many in our community. Join us at the Gala to celebrate the talent in our community. Awards for rain barrel paintings will be presented this evening. The event is free and open to the public.

Please help select the “Peoples’ Choice Award” by voting for your favorite barrel in each of the following four categories; Elementary School, Middle School, High School and Adult.

Vote for your favorite HERE

Mr. Niedzweicki's 3rd grade Visual Arts class from Morgan Road Elementary School with their submission for Rain Barrel Art Contest in the K-4 Category.





Past Workshops:

Thursday April 25, 2013 5:30pm - 7pm
Hazard Branch Library

Thursday June 23, 2012 6:30pm - 7pm
Hazard Branch Library

Saturday June 18, 2012 11am - 5pm
Click here for a summary of the event

Saturday June 4 and Sunday June 5, 2012
Westcott Art Trail - Westcott Community Center
Click here for a summary of the event

Saturday May 21, 2012 10am - 1pm
Wescott Community Center
Click here to view pictures of the event by Steve Sussman

Friday May 13, 2012 10am - 1pm
Dunbar Center
1453 S. State St.