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Winter Watershed Restoration: Live Stakes and other Vegetative Streambank Stabilization Practices

Posted on 02/19/19 by Jared in Rocky River Watershed

Live Stakes installed along a headwater stream.

When most people in Northeast Ohio think of winter, planting things outside usually isn’t the first thing that comes to mind. But if you are a landowner dealing with eroding streambanks, it should! November through March is the ideal time to install live stakes, live fascines, brush mattresses, or a combination thereof. Collectively known as streambank bioengineering or... read more

Planning Your Rain Garden

Posted on 02/12/19 by Elizabeth in Educational Outreach

Excerpt from Washtenaw Master Rain Gardener Class Pack

Are you considering a rain garden for your yard but not quite ready to commit? Come join our staff for a Rain Garden 101 Talk Tuesday April 16th from 6 to 7:30 pm at the Watershed Stewardship Center at West Creek Reservation in Parma! To get your creative gardening juices flowing here are your basic planning steps you will... read more

Crooked River - 50 years of Progress

Posted on 02/05/19 by Jacki in Educational Outreach

2018 poster

Cuyahoga County students are invited to add their voice to the Crooked River Conversations with their submissions to the Cuyahoga SWCD 2019 Poster Contest. The theme for this contest for students in grades K-12 is Crooked River – 50 years of progress. The Cuyahoga River is also known as the “crooked river” because of the way it winds back... read more

Wild About Wetlands

Posted on 01/29/19 by Jaimie in Cahoon and Porter Creeks Watershed

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

Protecting the Environment During Winter Flooding

Posted on 01/23/19 by Megan in Storm Water Services

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