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River Cleanups Matter

Posted on 03/01/17 by Jared in Rocky River Watershed

River Cleanups Matter! I sometimes get asked why we do river cleanups. What difference does it make? If stormwater pollution and bacteria are our main water quality problems, then why bother picking up trash – it won’t improve water quality, right? Well, river cleanups do make a difference, and that difference is not just aesthetic. Wildlife can easily become entangled... read more

Stormwater Control Measures Check Up: 2016 Monitoring Summary

Posted on 02/22/17 by Elizabeth in Storm Water Services

Summary of common maintenance issues observed in 2016.

Communities with municipal separate storm sewer systems (MS4s) are required by their Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) permit to ensure that post-construction stormwater control measures (SCMs) like basins, permeable pavement, green roofs, and bioretention, function in perpetuity. As a service to many MS4 communities in Cuyahoga County, Cuyahoga SWCD inspects public and private SCMs on an annual basis.... read more

Living In Harmony with Wildlife - Coyotes

Posted on 02/14/17 by Kelly in Educational Outreach

Coyote Couple.  Photo credit: Wolf Park

As today is Valentine's Day I thought I would talk about my furry Valentine, Coyotes (Canis latrans). These guys tend to get a bad rap, but really they are shy, beautiful, highly intelligent, and facinating creatures that prefer to keep to themselves rather than bother humans. However, with urban sprawl comes human/coyote interaction. This has never been so... read more

Stream Channel Infrastructure - Our Urban Legacy

Posted on 02/07/17 by Claire in Euclid Creek Watershed

NEORSD Repair Plan

WHAT'S GOING ON AT THE EUCLID CREEK E. 185TH STREET SPILLWAY? The term hydromidification in the stream world means to alter the natural flow of water through a landscape, and often takes the form of channel modification or channelization. Hydromodification is one of the primary sources of impairment in creeks, streams and other water bodies, especially in an urban watershed... read more

The lighter side of stormwater.

Posted on 01/31/17 by in Storm Water Services

Right now we are ankle to shin deep in frozen stormwater depending on what side of town you are living on. Snow plows are busy pushing snow into the corners of parking lots to wait for warmer temperatures. In other parts of the country recent storms have delivered much needed relief from on-going drought, filled reservoirs, and provided opportunities... read more