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

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

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

Here in Northeast Ohio construction activity doesn't stop just because a few snowflakes are falling. Projects have deadlines and extreme weather is just another logistical bump along the road to completion. As such, all typical erosion and sediment controls associated with the storm water pollution prevention plan (SWP3) need to be managed without interruption. Often times the weekly... read more

Where does de-icing salt end up?  Our local rivers and streams.

While doctors often recommend cutting back on salt in your diet to reduce the risk of high blood pressure and other heart health issues, many of our local streams also suffer from health risks stemming from too much salt. Road salt (sodium chloride) is most commonly used to remove ice from roads, parking lots and sidewalks. As snow... read more


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