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Common Milkweed

Monarch butterflies are one of the most recognized butterflies throughout America. They make an amazing journey each year from Canada to Mexico. In the fall Monarch’s migrate from Canada to Mexico, and then in the spring they migrate from Mexico to Canada. During these times the Monarch breeds and lays their eggs on milkweed plants. Milkweed is the... read more

There are connections all around us. Some we know, like our extended family. Some we may not know as well, such as links from the past to the present. There are also connections we never see. Even though we may not be aware of them, connections in the natural world are of utmost importance to our well-being. The Pollinator... read more

Small amount of yellow substance observed in Euclid Creek at Acacia Reservation in Lyndhurst

A recurring problem in the Euclid Creek is with illegal dumping, either on land or in storm drains that lead to the creek. This year alone, I’ve received six calls from residents about black, oily substances coming out of pipe outfalls entering Euclid Creek or Lake Erie; apartment dwellers calling about trash dumping in streamside wooded areas behind... read more

Road salt sales in the U.S. from 1940 - 2000 (Jackson and Jobbagy 2005)

Although salt occurs naturally in our environment, our use of road salt can have negative impacts to vegetation and freshwater aquatic ecosystems. Road salt sales and application have increased greatly since 1940. What we generally refer to as “salt” is an ionic compound called “Sodium Chloride” or “NaCl”. Whenever salt dissolves in water, it separates in to two... read more

I have had the privilege of working as the watershed intern for the Cuyahoga Soil and Water Conservation District (CSWCD) this summer. My work and responsibilities have varied in the field and office. I have gained valuable experience and knowledge in watershed management. Improving and maintaining the health of Lake Erie watersheds is one of my main future... read more