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White Egrets at Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge (ONWR)- Lucas/Ottawa County, Ohio

To an outsider, a wetland or marsh may seem like a muddy, swampy mess...not to mention the smells. I even shared this similar misconception at one time in my youth. But after my first experience wading through a wetland, I was hooked! Don't get me wrong, I didn't jump straight into the wetland wearing a swimsuit and bare... read more

Rain water and snow melt flowing into a Cleveland storm drain.

As Cuyahoga County residents, we are no strangers to frequent changes in weather. Recently we experienced Winter Storm Harper and snow piled up to a reported 13 inches in Cleveland this month. After three days of shoveling out parked cars and clearing sidewalks and driveways, we are faced with warmer temperatures and heavy rainfall. This sudden thaw of... read more

Cuyahoga River - 1936 fire

2019 is a big year for the Cuyahoga River and big year for the Cuyahoga Soil & Water Conservation District!! Cuyahoga River - 50 year anniversary!In June of 1969, the Cuyahoga River burned for the last time. Overall the river burned 13 times over a 100 year period. Some fires were large, some small. The 1969 fire was a... read more

Master Rain Gardener Schwag

As the Euclid Creek Watershed Program Manager I am tasked with work to address water quality issues in a highly developed watershed on the East side of Cleveland. In our developed watersheds most rainfall and snowmelt are sent straight from our homes, businesses, and streets to our stormwater system of pipes and basins that funnel that water unfiltered... read more

At the time of this post, it is a sunny, late fall day and the perfect time to reflect on the minor trials and major tributes of 2018. The trials were few and go with the territory--waiting for return calls, the uncertainty that comes with staff changes, project snafus, bad weather, concerned landowners, and program anxiety. Thankfully, all days... read more