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Several weeks ago, my delicate urban ag psyche received a 1-2-3 punch in the face. I can’t remember the exact order all of the harrowing news had been unloaded on me, but it was comprised of both local and national happenings. At a national level, Will Allen, founder and CEO of Growing Power, resigned from Growing Power and retired... read more

Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. Each year I make the trek home to Michigan to spend time with family and reflect on all I'm thankful for. This year I'm especially grateful to be working for an agency whose mission is to advocate for protection of our urban waters and soils. As part of that effort most of our... read more

Healthy soil is a fundamental building block of a healthy lawn. Unfortunately, in many areas of Cuyahoga County our soil is in distress. The vicious cycle of over-fertilization, pesticide and herbicide application, and removing grass clippings and leaves from the lawnscape has severely depleted the soils in many established neighborhoods, rendering them essentially lifeless. Meanwhile, in newer housing... read more

The 3rd annual Watershed Summit on November 9 was a great success with over 40 partners attending to hear about how the Watershed is doing in 2017. This year’s focus was on 2017 accomplishments of the program partners - to see the agenda, presentation and program handouts: click here and scroll to the Watershed Council meeting date. The purpose... read more

Cleanup of a Rover Pipeline spill near the Tuscrawas River in Stark County that occurred in Spring 2017.  Photo Credit: Ohio EPA

The Dakota Access Pipeline made international headlines when protestors near the Standing Rock Indian Reservation held their ground against Dakota Access, LLC and its partners fearing destruction of sacred lands and the environmental impacts the Dakota Access Pipeline project could have on the Missouri River which also supplies drinking water to several areas. Recent events in Ohio related... read more