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Solving Stream Problems in Your Back Yard Series - Invasive Plants along Streams

Posted on 03/08/18 by Claire in Euclid Creek Watershed

Japanese knotweed is an invasive plant problematic along streams

*This is the seventh post in a continuing series on backyard stream management.* Invasive Plants along Streams Keeping a riparian (streamside) area vegetated with native woody plants is important for a number of reasons, from their ability to control erosion, to filtering pollutants, to providing habitat for wildlife to name a few of the benefits (read this article on why... read more

The Salamander and the Pipeline

Posted on 03/01/18 by Kelly in Storm Water Services

The Eastern hellbender.  Photo Credit: Dave Herasimtschuk, Freshwaters Illustrated

It's almost springtime and you know what that means! Salamander migration time! Those cool little (and big) guys hold a special place in my heart. These sensitive creatures are what are known as an indicator species which means that their health can tell you a lot about the health of their habitat. This brings me to our largest,... read more

Phacelia: A Cool Weather Germinating Cover Crop

Posted on 02/20/18 by Justin in Urban Agriculture

Field of Phacelia, picture courtesy of www.phpetersen.com

Over the winter, I’ve spent some time researching cover crops for upcoming projects in 2018. At the most basic level, a cover crop is crop that is grown not for cash, but for some kind of soil benefit. The most frequently cited use for cover crops and the one most people are familiar with is to... read more

Stormwater Control Measure Maintenance Tips

Posted on 02/13/18 by Elizabeth in Storm Water Services

Ohio EPA requires urban communities with separated storm sewer systems (MS4s) to develop, implement, and enforce programs to address flood control and water quality impacts from development projects. Commonly, stormwater runoff is addressed with installation of structural stormwater control measures (basins, green infrastructure, underground pipes etc.) which slow down water and filter pollutants. Installed stormwater control measures (SCMs) need... read more

Finding Alternatives to Rock Salt for De-icing around the Home: The Chloride-based De-icer Blues

Posted on 02/06/18 by Jared in Educational Outreach

This blog post started out as an attempt to list more environmentally-friendly de-icing products. Since Cuyahoga SWCD started making a serious effort to point out the dangerous impacts of rock salt and other chloride-based de-icers on water quality and aquatic life, we've been getting a lot of questions about what environmentally-friendly alternatives are available. Up until now, our... read more