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Lindsay Hadlock / Cornell University

Central New Yorkers have grown all too accustomed to occasional beach closures over the summer due to unsafe levels of bacteria in the water. Cornell University and a bio-technology device maker are working on a new and much faster way to test the water and get swimmers back in the lake. 

For Ruth Richardson, this is where she says her heart meets her science.

Scott Willis / WAER News

A number of additional bridge and road repair projects are on the horizon in Syracuse now that common councilors have given their approval.  The historic W.  Genesee St. bridge over Onondaga Creek is slated for $1.5 million  worth of upgrades.    The limestone arch structure dates back to the 1800’s, so city engineer Mary Robison  says the state’s historic preservation office is involved. 

   Robison says the bridge needs mortar repairs and other work, but is otherwise structurally sound considering its age.  She says none of the bridges slated for repair are considered unsafe.

"Save the Rain" Proposals Tabled...For Now

Aug 16, 2013
Save the Rain Westcott
Save the Rain

Onondaga County lawmakers are holding off for now on funding any new “Save the Rain” projects.  The Ways and Means Committee met today to discuss plans for $2 million worth of ‘installation and infiltration’ projects—or INI’s—to manage rainfall in suburban communities. 

Legislator Casey Jordan says the projects sound promising, but he wants to know what it will cost the County to collect each gallon of rainwater.