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Solar Roadways

Posted on 09/05/18 by Carla in Educational Outreach

Image: https://www.marketstrategies.com/blog/2017/02/are-solar-roads-coming-to-your-utility-territory/

We live in a world where a new technology is popping up almost every other minute. From the latest I-phone version to medical advancements such as in utero heart operations, the world as we know it is changing. One of the coolest ideas I recently heard is solar roadways. Yes, solar panels... read more

A Primer on Agroforestry vs. Forest Farming vs. Food Forests

Posted on 08/28/18 by Justin in Urban Agriculture

Forest Farmer with big trees removed and persimmons improved.

The terms agroforestry, forest farming, and food forest get used often in conjunction. Although they sound synonymous, in fact they are related terms that have distinctly different definitions and practices. In today’s blog, we explore these terms. Agroforestry is a USDA term. According to the USDA, “agroforestry is the intentional integration of trees and shrubs into crop and animal... read more

Permeable Pavement Infiltration Testing

Posted on 08/21/18 by Elizabeth in Storm Water Services

The author testing permeable pavers in Cleveland.

Not sure if your permeable pavement is functioning the way it should? There is a simple test you can perform to determine if it is time for vacuuming.You will need: An 8-foot piece of unwarped 2-foot by 4-foot lumber Screws and drill 80 ounces of plumber's putty 5-gallon bucket of water Stopwatch or timepiece Directions: Cut the 2x4 into four even sections and screw together... read more

How to Choose the Right Tree for Your Yard

Posted on 08/14/18 by Jared in Educational Outreach

If you follow conservation issues in Cuyahoga County, you know that one of the most effective things any of us can do to prevent erosion, provide habitat, capture stormwater, clean the air and fight climate destabilization is to plant trees. And with fall right around the corner, we’re approaching one of the best times of year for planting... read more

Lake Erie: The Costs and Benefits of Clean Water

Posted on 08/07/18 by Janine in Educational Outreach

Algae at water intake

Lake Erie: The Costs and Benefits of Clean Water Water is an essential part of survival. Our quality of life depends on it in so many ways—for hydration, growing plants and animals, recreation and for business. Clean water, and a healthy environment, are not conservative or liberal issues, nor are they urban or rural issues, they are issues... read more