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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

A temporary and disposable concrete washout pit.

Such a common part of many construction sites that the inclusion of a concrete washout pit (CWOP) on a Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan (SWP3) is second nature. Concrete washout is non-sediment pollutant that must be prevented from discharging off-site. It has an extremely high pH and contains other admixture chemicals. It is the responsibility of the permittee to... read more

A pollinator bike garden that was placed in a park around the Shaker Lakes

Two years ago I was given the opportunity to work with my next door neighbor, Ann Cicarella, developing her new start-up business Bikes, Bees & Butterflies. What began as a hobby for Ann has now become her main priority. Ann is a retired landscape designer who made her mere interests become something so much more. She began Bikes,... read more

1. Main source of mercury in our waterways is from fossil fuel burning.

Mercury is a heavy metal element that can have serious effects on our waterways and aquatic ecosystems. It is a neurotoxin that has an effect on fish, wildlife, and humans. But how does mercury get into our waterways? The main source of mercury is from atmospheric deposition that is contracted through rain, snow, and dry particles. How does... read more