Shoreline of Murphy's Island

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L Speer on March 22, 2011

Syracuse has combined sewers - storm water and what we flush down our toilets or drains all goes to the same place. When it rains hard, they overflow, and raw sewage goes into Onondaga Creek, which flows to Onondaga Lake. Anything that floats which is not otherwise captured ends up drifting onto the shoreline at the south end of the lake. It's a good lesson on why plastic tampon applicators should not be flushed.

We all can play a role in reducing the combined sewer overflows. Rain barrels, rain gardens... for ideas and assistance, check out Onondaga County's green infrastructure program, known as Save the Rain, to slow down and reduce the amount of stormwater entering the sewers.

Disclaimer: I am not an employee of the County, I just think their program is a good idea!

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  • Uploaded on March 22, 2011
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    by L Speer
    • Camera: Apple iPhone
    • Taken on 2008/08/13 13:24:03
    • F/Stop: f/2.800