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Spring Stormwater Control Measure Maintenance Tips

Posted on 04/17/18 by Elizabeth in Storm Water Services

Detention (dry) basin in Solon.

It may not feel like it today, but it is indeed spring in Ohio. Spring is a great time to freshen up our yards and do needed maintenance. The same goes for stormwater control measures like rain gardens, permeable pavement, green roofs, and basins. Our Stormwater Control Measure Maintenance Tips outreach campaign continues this month to deliver useful information... read more

OMG, nature is so cool and freaky!

Posted on 03/28/18 by Amy in Educational Outreach

Spotted salamander

I know we've done blog posts before on salamanders but I just had to share my photos from last night. The conditions were perfect for the migration of salamanders and frogs. It has to be above 40 degrees, raining and after dark. I went to Brecksville reservation (right off Valley Parkway by Deer Lick Cave). They have the road... read more

Intern Spotlight - Welcome Joe King!

Posted on 03/26/18 by Amy in Educational Outreach

Planting trees at Cuyahoga Valley National Park

I've always loved being outdoors, even in the womb my mom tells me… It has always been my mission in life to show others the beauty and simple bliss of enjoying the natural world. Four years ago I fell in love with plants, and never looked back. They are beautifully diverse organisms that you can study, admire, and find... read more

Ohio EPA Construction General Permit Renewal (OHC000005)

Posted on 03/14/18 by Brent in Storm Water Services

Poor example of construction stream crossing

The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (OEPA) has issued a draft renewal of the General Permit Authorization for Stormwater Discharges Associated with Construction Activity Under the National Pollution Discharge Elimination System. This is commonly referred to as the Construction General Permit. The public notice reads in part; "The NPDES Statewide Construction Storm Water General Permit (Permit No. OHC000005) is the... read more

Solving Stream Problems in Your Back Yard Series - Invasive Plants along Streams

Posted on 03/08/18 by in Euclid Creek Watershed

Japanese knotweed is an invasive plant problematic along streams

*This is the seventh post in a continuing series on backyard stream management.* Invasive Plants along Streams Keeping a riparian (streamside) area vegetated with native woody plants is important for a number of reasons, from their ability to control erosion, to filtering pollutants, to providing habitat for wildlife to name a few of the benefits (read this article on why... read more