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Get Involved: Tracking Streambank Erosion and Sedimentation

Posted on 04/21/15 by Elizabeth in Rocky River Watershed

Streambank with Extreme erosion potential

The spring thaw has occurred and the 2015 sampling season is ramping up. While we will be doing our traditional water quality sampling throughout the Rocky River watershed, we will also be doing additional streambank erosion assessments in the Baldwin Creek watershed. Baldwin Creek is a tributary to the East Branch of the Rocky River that has been... read more

Plant Flowers, Not Litter

Posted on 04/14/15 by Janine in Educational Outreach

The snow has melted, the spring flowers are blooming and the tree buds are beginning to pop. After a long Cleveland winter, it is marvelous to witness the greening of our surroundings. Unfortunately, spring’s beauty is marred by the wind-blown, carelessly discarded or criminally-dumped litter and debris that seems to be ubiquitous. Unbelievable quantities of paper, plastic, debris... read more

Spring has Sprung!

Posted on 04/07/15 by Amy in Educational Outreach

We officially entered Spring on March 20th but it took a couple weeks for it to actually feel like Spring. Before you know it, we will be out in the garden and enjoying the sunshine on a daily basis. Below and in the pictures above are Spring tips for March and April to get your yard ready. For... read more

Spring into Storm Water BMPs

Posted on 03/31/15 by Elizabeth in Storm Water Services

Storm water conveyance swales and ditches aren't the best location for backyard fire pits

Storm water staff are jumping for joy because all 2014 annual reports have gone out to our partner communities and spring is the time for 2015 inspections of post-construction storm water Best Management Practices (PCBMPs) (water quality ponds, rain gardens, porous pavement etc.) to begin! Most Cuyahoga County communities are considered Phase II (or small) Municipal Separate Storm Sewer... read more

Composting: A rind is a terrible thing to waste

Posted on 03/25/15 by in Educational Outreach

Any vegetable garden or flower bed can be nourished with compost. A compost bin or even a simple compost pile is an excellent way to recycle nutrients and reduce the amount of waste entering into the solid waste system. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Americans produced about 250 million tons of trash during 2006, the year... read more