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Leaving a 25' vegetated buffer helps stream health.  So keep mowing further than in this instance.

With Earth Day and Arbor Day celebrations of last week fresh in our minds, there is much we can do around our own yard to help the environment and our local water quality - like planting native plants, and reducing our use of fertilizers, insecticides and herbicides. But those of us who live on a stream have a... read more

Streambank with Extreme erosion potential

The spring thaw has occurred and the 2015 sampling season is ramping up. While we will be doing our traditional water quality sampling throughout the Rocky River watershed, we will also be doing additional streambank erosion assessments in the Baldwin Creek watershed. Baldwin Creek is a tributary to the East Branch of the Rocky River that has been... read more

The snow has melted, the spring flowers are blooming and the tree buds are beginning to pop. After a long Cleveland winter, it is marvelous to witness the greening of our surroundings. Unfortunately, spring’s beauty is marred by the wind-blown, carelessly discarded or criminally-dumped litter and debris that seems to be ubiquitous. Unbelievable quantities of paper, plastic, debris... read more

We officially entered Spring on March 20th but it took a couple weeks for it to actually feel like Spring. Before you know it, we will be out in the garden and enjoying the sunshine on a daily basis. Below and in the pictures above are Spring tips for March and April to get your yard ready. For... read more

Storm water conveyance swales and ditches aren't the best location for backyard fire pits

Storm water staff are jumping for joy because all 2014 annual reports have gone out to our partner communities and spring is the time for 2015 inspections of post-construction storm water Best Management Practices (PCBMPs) (water quality ponds, rain gardens, porous pavement etc.) to begin! Most Cuyahoga County communities are considered Phase II (or small) Municipal Separate Storm Sewer... read more