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Downspout Disconnection: An Effective, Easy-to-Implement, Inexpensive Way to Reduce Rooftop Runoff

Posted on 06/21/16 by Jared in Educational Outreach

Photo Source: Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay, http://www.stormwater.allianceforthebay.org/take-action/structural-bmps/downspout-disconnect

Every river begins somewhere – its headwaters. In urban and suburban areas, idyllic, forested headwater streams are often replaced by storm sewers or roadside ditches. Instead of rainfall being intercepted by the forest canopy and slowly infiltrated into the ground, it is gathered by gutters, downspouts and catch basins before being routed off the landscape as quickly... read more

A Partnership that Works

Posted on 06/14/16 by Janine in Educational Outreach

In other parts of the state, where agriculture is the primary industry, those soil and water conservation districts (SWCD) have strong working relationships with their local Farm Bureaus. Agriculture may not be the prime industry in Cuyahoga County, but when it comes to partnering on conservation projects, the Cuyahoga County Farm Bureau has been one of Cuyahoga SWCD’s... read more

Green Roofs in Cuyahoga County

Posted on 06/07/16 by Elizabeth in Storm Water Services

Extensive green roof at the Cleveland Clinic

As the Natural Resources Coordinator I spend a lot of time in basins inspecting them to ensure that our stormwater control measures are maintained and functioning properly, but occasionally I get to inspect sites that are a bit more exciting. Several of our sites in Cuyahoga County are treating stormwater using green roofs, and I'm the lucky gal... read more

Keep car washing lake and stream friendly.

Posted on 06/01/16 by Brian in Storm Water Services

Car washing is a typical summer time activity and here are a few tips on how to keep car washing stream friendly. The first and easiest thing to do is to use a dedicated car wash. A coin operated or drive through car wash will collect the wash water. The water from these facilities is treated at the wastewater... read more

Cicada Mania: The Brood V Experience

Posted on 05/24/16 by Kelly in Educational Outreach

A group of Magicicada.  Photo credit: MSJ Cicada Web Site

It is an event that has been 17 years in the making and it's happening now! The emergence of Magicicada Brood V, YAY!!! Brood V consists of three species of periodical cicadas (not locusts) with a life span of 17 years, nearly all of which is spent underground. Each of these species have a distinct song and have slightly... read more