Save the date for "Save the Rain"

Stop by the "Save the Rain" program Saturday, Sept. 22 to learn about the Onondaga Lake cleanup and other sustainability efforts around Syracuse.

Rain or shine, “Save the Rain,” a program dedicated to reducing pollution in Onondaga Lake, will host the 2012 Clean Water Fair this Saturday, Sept. 22 from 9 a.m.—2 p.m. at the Metropolitan Wastewater Treatment Plant. The fair will update visitors on “Save the Rain” projects.   

Honeywell, the company in charge of the Onondaga Lake cleanup, will be at the fair to give an update, said Onondaga County Administrative Assistant Mary Gates. Gates also said the fair will show six or seven different kinds of fish from the lake.

Every hour throughout the day, two different tours will run.  One tour is of the treatment plant.  The other tour is a 45-minute bus tour around the city and Onondaga Lake to look at the city’s “green” infrastructure, said Gates.  

The fair is also geared toward children this year. There will be a center with crafts, hands-on activities and a bounce house.  

Additionally, residents of Syracuse may get a free rain barrel at the fair, while non-residents may purchase them at a reduced price. 

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