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Hold the Salt!

Posted on 01/12/16 by Jared in Educational Outreach

Where does de-icing salt end up?  Our local rivers and streams.

While doctors often recommend cutting back on salt in your diet to reduce the risk of high blood pressure and other heart health issues, many of our local streams also suffer from health risks stemming from too much salt. Road salt (sodium chloride) is most commonly used to remove ice from roads, parking lots and sidewalks. As snow... read more

Looking Back and Moving Forward

Posted on 01/06/16 by Janine in Educational Outreach

Each year at this time much is printed about New Year’s Resolutions. A recurrent theme is to vow not to dwell on yesterday or contemplate tomorrow, but instead to focus on today. Well, 2015 was a very good year for the Cuyahoga Soil & Water Conservation District and judging this year's strong start, 2016 may be the best... read more

Musings from a Saturday afternoon

Posted on 12/22/15 by Amy in Educational Outreach

Murnau Garden by Wassily Kandinsky

I had all the intentions of writing a blog about going green for the holidays but last weekend I experienced the exhibit Painting the Modern Garden: Monet to Matisse at the Cleveland Museum of Art. As I made my way thru the exhibit I knew I had to write about this. To say it was spectacular is... read more

Soil can be a pollutant

Posted on 12/17/15 by in Educational Outreach

There was a discussion in our office about a construction site operator who was explaining to one of our inspectors as to why soil isn’t a problem. Essentially his reasoning is that soil is everywhere and how can something that is “natural” be pollution. Allow me to briefly explain how soil can be a pollutant. A pollutant is any... read more

Think Spring This Winter!

Posted on 12/08/15 by Kelly in Educational Outreach

Photo credit: Don Torino

As the temperatures drop and many critters settle in for a long winter's nap or fly the coop, many other critters stick around to brave the storm. Many people opt to help out the little guys (and some not so little guys) by putting out various types of feeders, myself included. While this is done with the best... read more