The Oneida Lake and Watershed Management Plan

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Oneida Creek Sanitary Non-Point Source Pollution Control Evaluation and Alternatives Analysis Study


Daniel Ramer, City of Oneida Sanitary Engineer
PO Box 550, Oneida, NY 13421
Phone: 315 363 4860 Fax: 315 363 4883 Email:


The proposed geographic extent of this project includes non-sewered areas of the City of Oneida, the Village of Oneida Castle, the Village of Wampsville, and the Northwest area outside the Village of Oneida Castle in the Town of Vernon.


  • Develop best alternatives and associated cost estimates for achieving the goal of sewage waste disposal in non-sewered areas.
  • Refine and utilize existing agency data, Task Force mapping and County Health Department complaints regarding problems from septic system discharges to augment the engineering review.
  • Provide a report to the Central New York Regional Planning and Development Board and the Task Force summarizing the findings. The report will be formatted to aid the Task Force's efforts in obtaining funding for future phases of the implementation project. In addition, the report will be instrumental in providing all stakeholders with the basic facts, best engineering approach to be taken and potential economic impacts. Public education will be the key use of the completed analysis.


  • Determine the geographic extent and confirm, in general, the number and type of structures currently using on-site septic systems in the study area.
  • Collect existing sewer as built mapping, designs, and/or flow data.
  • Collect soils data, wetland information, and other information regarding the physical characteristics within the study area.
  • Evaluate alternatives for the identified study area population centers. At a minimum, include the possibility of "No Action", advanced septic or decentralized systems, and/or the creation of a centralized system tied in to an existing facility.
  • Develop preliminary cost estimates for each alternative evaluated.
  • Complete a preliminary evaluation of the City of Oneida's system capacity to accept additional properties and potential future growth from outside the City's system.
  • Determine facility improvements needed for collection and transmission of sewage from designated areas and/or municipalities.
  • Develop GIS mapping to show proposed system extents and improvements.
  • Submit a final report that includes a summary of the alternatives, recommendations, and justifications.


The Oneida Creek Water Quality Improvement Task Force is the oversight group for this project. The Task Force will utilize the City of Oneida as its agent to manage the proposal and contract with O'Brien and Gere Engineers (OBG) to perform the work as detailed below. Daniel Ramer (Sanitary Engineer) and James Bacher (City Engineer) from the City of Oneida are responsible for directly working with the contractor and representing the interests of the Task Force.

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For more information on the Oneida Lake Watershed Management Plan activities e-mail the Central New York Regional Planning Board.

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