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Monarch Migration Madness

Posted on 09/19/18 by Kelly in Educational Outreach

Monarchs feeding on Snakeroot at Wildwood Park, 9/12/2018.  Photo Credit: Larraine Parker

One of the most amazing migrations is occurring right now! During the month of September monarch butterflies embark on one of the longest migrations of all of the butterflies, traveling from Canada to Mexico (2,000 - 3,000 miles). Because the distance is so great they depend highly on nectar corridors for food and rest. Cleveland just so happens... read more

Useful Resources for Property Research

Posted on 09/18/18 by Brent in Storm Water Services

USDA - Web Soil Survey

Cuyahoga SWCD provides technical assistance to landowners within Cuyahoga County as part of our countywide mission. When a property owner contacts Cuyahoga SWCD staff listen to the concern and work with the property owner to fully understand the situation. Part of our research includes consulting a myriad of resources that provide valuable context. The following is a list... read more

Solar Roadways

Posted on 09/05/18 by Carla in Educational Outreach

Image: https://www.marketstrategies.com/blog/2017/02/are-solar-roads-coming-to-your-utility-territory/

We live in a world where a new technology is popping up almost every other minute. From the latest I-phone version to medical advancements such as in utero heart operations, the world as we know it is changing. One of the coolest ideas I recently heard is solar roadways. Yes, solar panels... read more

A Primer on Agroforestry vs. Forest Farming vs. Food Forests

Posted on 08/28/18 by Justin in Urban Agriculture

Forest Farmer with big trees removed and persimmons improved.

The terms agroforestry, forest farming, and food forest get used often in conjunction. Although they sound synonymous, in fact they are related terms that have distinctly different definitions and practices. In today’s blog, we explore these terms. Agroforestry is a USDA term. According to the USDA, “agroforestry is the intentional integration of trees and shrubs into crop and animal... read more

Permeable Pavement Infiltration Testing

Posted on 08/21/18 by Elizabeth in Storm Water Services

The author testing permeable pavers in Cleveland.

Not sure if your permeable pavement is functioning the way it should? There is a simple test you can perform to determine if it is time for vacuuming.You will need: An 8-foot piece of unwarped 2-foot by 4-foot lumber Screws and drill 80 ounces of plumber's putty 5-gallon bucket of water Stopwatch or timepiece Directions: Cut the 2x4 into four even sections and screw together... read more