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THE LAST STRAW

Posted on 05/31/17 by Janine in Educational Outreach

Streamside litter.

As anyone who has participated in neighborhood, stream or beach cleanups can tell you, plastic pollution is everywhere. Styrofoam, plastic bags, microbeads and now microfibers are a growing concern and a hot topic among environmentalists. Thankfully, public awareness is growing and progressive, environmentally-minded legislators, such as Cuyahoga County Councilwoman Sonny Simon and Ohio Senator Michael Skindell have sponsored... read more

Teaming Up with Teachers

Posted on 05/24/17 by Jacki in Educational Outreach

Earth Partnership Workshop - sign up now!

In my last blog I talked about changing hearts and minds of the next generation. This isn’t something we do alone; we rely on partnerships with communities, other agencies, youth leaders and other educators-especially teachers. They help us fulfill our mission to “Advocate and implement best management practices for conservation of land and aquatic resources in a developed... read more

Eliot Coleman's What If Hypothesis

Posted on 05/16/17 by Justin in Urban Agriculture

Eliot Coleman's The New Organic Grower, pic courtesy of Sarah Husher

I’ve personally been engaged in urban farming for eight years now. One thing is for certain. Things in this line of work come and go. This holds true for the farmers, the farms themselves, techniques, tools, markets, volunteers, and inspirations. However, one concept has resonated with me through the years since my beginnings in 2010. That one concept is... read more

Stop the Spread: Hydrilla in the Ohio Lake Erie Basin

Posted on 05/09/17 by Elizabeth in Educational Outreach

Hydrilla Mat: Leslie J. Mehrhoff, University of Connecticut, Bugwood.org

Hydrilla (Hydrilla verticillata) is an aquatic plant that is considered invasive. It is thought the plant likely made its way to Ohio through the aquarium trade, but we are not sure exactly how it made its way into our rivers, wetlands and lakes. What we do know is it spreads easily and grows quickly, producing a dense mat... read more

Watershed Wellness: An Ounce of Prevention...

Posted on 05/03/17 by Jared in Rocky River Watershed

We all know that the combination of a healthy diet and regular exercise prevents many health problems, and that performing routine maintenance activities such as oil changes and tune-ups keeps our cars running smoothly and prevents expensive repairs. The same is true for watersheds – at costs sometimes exceeding $500 per foot for stream restoration, keeping our rivers and... read more