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Common in many urbanized areas, streambank erosion can change a backyard stream from a natural asset to be appreciated into a hazard to be avoided.

*This is the third post in a continuing series on backyard stream management.* Eroding streambanks are one of the most common landowner technical assistance calls that we receive at Cuyahoga SWCD. Often, homeowners cite the charm of the “little creek out back” as something that attracted them to the property. We hear stories of kids catching frogs in the... read more

Lake Erie - our most precious resource!

Our proximity to the Earth’s most precious natural resource, water, is something that makes us very fortunate in northeast Ohio. With the turn of a handle, Lake Erie provides us with a seemingly endless supply of cheap and accessible water. Our geographical location makes us lucky; we never think twice about watering the lawn, washing the... read more

Start with a small garden and expand.

When most people think of the ideal lawn, they think of well-maintained, bright green turf grass. There are around 40 million acres of lawn in the lower 48 states, occupying about 2% of the surface of the United States. We perceive a well-maintained yard as aesthetically pleasing to the human eye, but they’re not pleasing toward our environment.... read more

Before spending time and money on installing a new fire pit, make sure that area isn't part of the developments drainage easement.

As development occurs consideration is not always given to location, land cover, and how existing conditions may affect future use of a property. Many of the landowner assistance calls that we receive at Cuyahoga SWCD are related to drainage, streams, soils, easements, and storm water controls, all relating back to property location and land cover. There are several... read more

The Soil & Water Conservation Districts (SWCD) are a formidable group in Ohio. Typical Ohio SWCDs are not big government agencies, but somehow the small staffs of each of the SWCDs cover a lot of ground—no pun intended. Throughout the state and locally, SWCDs nurture and rely on collaboration with partners to get conservation on the ground. Most of... read more