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Living in Harmony with Beavers

Posted on 07/22/15 by Kelly in Educational Outreach

Photo Credit: Ohio DNR

North America's largest rodent is also nature's most amazing engineer. Beavers (Castor canadensis) are a keystone species, their presence or lack there of has a major impact on an ecosystem. They are one of only a few species, other than humans, that are capable of changing an entire ecosystem in order to benefit their own needs. They can... read more

The Role of the Construction Inspector

Posted on 07/14/15 by Brent in Storm Water Services

Being a construction site inspector is one of the toughest jobs on the construction site. The inspector is the vital link between design and its fulfillment in the field. Often times the construction inspector is an underrated position that is seen by many as a necessary evil. There are many types of inspections that are required on the construction... read more

Solving Stream Problems in your Backyard Series - General Stream Morphology and Impacts of Urbanization

Posted on 07/09/15 by Jared in Educational Outreach

*This is the second post in a continuing series on backyard stream management.* River. Creek. Stream. Ditch. Run. Swale. There are hundreds of potential names for that flowing body of water in your back yard. If we’ve had a lot of rain lately, they’re probably not all suitable for polite company. But learning the different land forms that make... read more

Solving Stream Problems in your Backyard Series - Who is Responsible for our Streams?

Posted on 06/30/15 by Claire in Educational Outreach

*This is the first post in a continuing series on backyard stream management.* Through the Cuyahoga Soil & Water Conservation District’s Watershed Program, we are starting a new blog series to discuss problems property owners may face with their back yard stream and resources for finding solutions. Most property owners do not always know what to do with their... read more

Expose Your Trees Flare - And Other Tree Care Tips

Posted on 06/24/15 by Elizabeth in Educational Outreach

Volca-NO! The mulch piled up around these trunks can cause bark rot. Spread your mulch out and away from the tree's trunk out to the canopy width.

We've all seen it, the tree lined streets with the volcanoes (Think Volca-NO!) of mulch carefully piled up knee high around the tree trunks. We spend a lot of money for that mulch, and unfortunately when it is piled high around the base of a trunk, it is not fufilling its purpose. In fact many of our urban trees... read more