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Jacki Zevenbergen

Since 2003, Cuyahoga Soil & Water Conservation District has implemented an annual Public Involvement/Public Education Program (PIPE) for about half of the communities within the county. Last fall when the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District designated the Cuyahoga SWCD as a “preferred provider” for PIPE services, our long term goal of working with communities throughout Cuyahoga County became... read more

Germination Station:  One and Four-tray heat mats in plain view

It’s that time of the year when winter is still lingering, but spring can’t get here soon enough. Some folks have been managing their seasonal depression, flipping through seed catalogs, and dreaming of summer’s colorful bounty of fruits and vegetables. Another winter is almost behind us. The good news is that it’s time to start... read more

River Cleanups Matter! I sometimes get asked why we do river cleanups. What difference does it make? If stormwater pollution and bacteria are our main water quality problems, then why bother picking up trash – it won’t improve water quality, right? Well, river cleanups do make a difference, and that difference is not just aesthetic. Wildlife can easily become entangled... read more

Summary of common maintenance issues observed in 2016.

Communities with municipal separate storm sewer systems (MS4s) are required by their Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) permit to ensure that post-construction stormwater control measures (SCMs) like basins, permeable pavement, green roofs, and bioretention, function in perpetuity. As a service to many MS4 communities in Cuyahoga County, Cuyahoga SWCD inspects public and private SCMs on an annual basis.... read more

Coyote Couple.  Photo credit: Wolf Park

As today is Valentine's Day I thought I would talk about my furry Valentine, Coyotes (Canis latrans). These guys tend to get a bad rap, but really they are shy, beautiful, highly intelligent, and facinating creatures that prefer to keep to themselves rather than bother humans. However, with urban sprawl comes human/coyote interaction. This has never been so... read more