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OEI has been working on raising awareness about local water for years. Here is a selection of past articles relating to our work. OEI is very appreciative of the local news media for their continued support.

Group shares ideas for creek - The Syracuse Post-Standard (03/21/2007)
By Delen Goldberg

Bicycle and walking trails that people could use to commute. Public bathrooms, parking lots and canoe-launching points. Clean water and environmentally friendly buildings.

Those are some of the visions people have for Onondaga Creek and its shoreline.

More than 100 people -- including scientists, students, environmental advocates, business owners, government workers and concerned residents -- gathered Tuesday morning at the Milton J. Rubenstein Museum of Science & Technology to share their ideas for restoring the ailing waterway.

Among the suggestions: Improve local sewage systems to prevent waste from mixing with storm water; work with local schools to make the creek an educational asset; and build parks fisheries and wildlife habitats to encourage public use of the creek, even in winter.

Wanted: clean, swimmable creek - The Syracuse Post-Standard (07/28/2006)
By Mark Weiner

Nine-year-old Alizah Smith was asked to "dream big" Thursday night before telling planners what she wants for the future of Onondaga Creek.

Alizah didn't hesitate. "My dream is to swim in the water without broken glass," she told about 25 adults who gathered at the Onondaga Nation School on Route 11A.

The Onondaga Nation meeting was the seventh and final in a series of public forums held in neighborhoods along the creek.

Forum Focuses on cleaning Onondaga Creek - The Syracuse Post-Standard (07/21/2006)
By Mark Weiner

If there was one thing about Onondaga Creek that everybody could agree on Thursday night, perhaps Lionel Logan summed it up best.

"First and foremost, we want clean water," said logan. of West Kennedy Street in Syracuse. "Then everything else will follow."

Logan was among about 25 people who showed up at the Southwest Community Center in Syracuse to share their dreams for the future of the polluted creek...(for full article from The Syracuse Post-Standard, please refer to their online archives).

Public Onondaga Creek Talk - Syracuse New Times (04/26 - 05/03 2006)
By Justin Park

While plenty of energy and millions of dollars have been dumped into trying to fix Onondaga Lake's myriad problems, a new effort hopes to set a course. On April 19, the Onondaga Creek Conceptual Revitalization Plan, spearheaded by the Onondaga Environmental Institute, a not-for-profit dedicated to environmental research, education and mediation, hosted the first of four community forums designed to synthesize input into a plan to address the future of the creek into the face of its polluted past...(for the full article from the Syracuse New Times, please refer to their online archives).

Public to Weigh In on Creek - The Syracuse Post-Standard (03/12/2006)
By Mark Weiner

In its long history of abuse and neglect, Onondaga Creek may hold one dubious title that no other waterway in America can claim: In 1866, the polluted creek was indicted by a grand jury as a public health nuisance.

The symbolic action tapped into public outrage over the stench from what was essentially an open sewer. A year later, the first in a long line of commissions was formed to come up with a plan for a better creek.

Today, 140 years after the indictment, more than 600 million gallons of raw sewage still spill into Onondaga Creek each year. Trash, dead animals and 27,000 tons of mud a year wash down the creek into Onondaga Lake. And a new commission is about to plan the creek's future. A yearlong series of public forums begins next month.

So why should the outcome be any different than in the past?

Organizers say the key this time is that the public not government officials will decide how to make Onondaga Creek and neighborhoods along its banks better places to live.

"All of these other projects never really went to the public," said Edward Michalenko, president of the Onondaga Environmental Institute. His publicly funded group received a $245,000 federal grant to oversee development of a long-range vision for the creek...(for full article from The Syracuse Post-Standard, please refer to their online archives).