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Not Wild About Wet Yards

Posted on 02/23/16 by Janine in Educational Outreach

Soggy yard

Once the snow melts and spring rains shower our area, frustrated property owners begin flooding the office with concerns about wet and soggy yards. Wet and soggy yards are not uncommon during the wet weather months. While the soil can absorb some of the snow melt and rain, even the best soils have a limited capacity to absorb large... read more

Tools for Private Owners & Operators of Stormwater Control Measures

Posted on 02/16/16 by Elizabeth in Storm Water Services

Guidance manual for private owners & operators.

With the expansion of our post-construction stormwater control measure long-term operation & maintenance program (say that three times fast), Cuyahoga SWCD has placed a heavy focus on private owner and operator outreach and education opportunities. To that direction we now offer sample maintenance plans, sample maintenance agreements, contractor lists, plant lists, fact sheets for common maintenance activities, and... read more

Yay it snowed!

Posted on 02/10/16 by in Storm Water Services

Yay it snowed… How much water is that? Is the snow we received around the area last night the same amount of water as a spring rain? No. It is much less water than a rain. Let’s look at something called the Snow-to-Liquid Ratio. The Snow-to-Liquid ratio describes the amount of water that comprises the fallen snow. It is the depth... read more

The Value of Fieldwork

Posted on 02/02/16 by Kelly in Educational Outreach

Fish seining in Jennings Woods - KSU.

While scrolling through my news feed I came upon a wonderful interview with one of my idols, Jane Goodall. During this interview she reminded me of the importance of fieldwork experience. It is her belief that while education in school is very important, it does not compare to the value of the education you get when you are... read more

Winter Watershed Protection Tips

Posted on 01/26/16 by Claire in Euclid Creek Watershed

Foamy pollution entering creek as snow melts  (photo courtesy of Perkiomen Watershed)

While salt is a very imporant topic to discuss in winter, there are other things you can to to protect the watershed over winter months (even though two are related to salt...). Dispose of shoveled snow in vegetated areas; avoid dumping it in streets or streams. Gardens can better absorb snow melt than pavement, so in the next... read more