Over the weekend I saw the Disney movie Encanto with my family. It made me think a little more about how everyone has their own struggles they deal with no matter how perfect their life may seem. It also inspired me to realize that we all have gifts that we can contribute even if they seem insignificant at... read more

Even small headwater streams can cause problems for improperly-sited buildings.

Part of what we do at Cuyahoga SWCD is to respond to landowner requests for assistance related to natural resource issues such as flooding, erosion and poor drainage. Sometimes there’s a relatively simple fix – stop mowing right up to the edge of the stream, for example. But other times a more complex, a.k.a. expensive, solution is required.... read more

The wider the buffer, the more effective it will be, but every little bit helps!

What is a Riparian Buffer? Why do they matter? The riparian area is the land alongside a stream or river that directly affects—or is affected by — the water. A riparian buffer is a green corridor along a river or stream that separates the water from surrounding land uses. Healthy riparian buffers contain trees, shrubs, and other vegetation that... read more

Project Plant It Lesson

Where do you work? What do you do? I hear that a lot because I've been educating people about conservation issues and practicing stewardship in a variety of roles for quite some time. It can be difficult to separate what I do for fun with what I do for work - not a bad problem! It started when I... read more

Subdivision construction inspection. Photo Credit: Kelly Parker

What is a typical day in the life of a Stormwater Specialist? Well, that's kind of a tough question to answer. One of the many things I love about my job is that every day is different and there is always so many different things going on, surprises, and unexpected adventures. I suppose there are two types of... read more


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