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My job as the new Stormwater Educator is to help members of our Cuyahoga County communities become stewards of their individual environments as well as the environments they share. We often judge the effectiveness of education based on how well students can repeat back what they’ve been taught. If our goal in environmental education is to change behaviors,... read more

Jacki Zevenbergen

Since 2003, Cuyahoga Soil & Water Conservation District has implemented an annual Public Involvement/Public Education Program (PIPE) for about half of the communities within the county. Last fall when the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District designated the Cuyahoga SWCD as a “preferred provider” for PIPE services, our long term goal of working with communities throughout Cuyahoga County became... read more

Germination Station:  One and Four-tray heat mats in plain view

It’s that time of the year when winter is still lingering, but spring can’t get here soon enough. Some folks have been managing their seasonal depression, flipping through seed catalogs, and dreaming of summer’s colorful bounty of fruits and vegetables. Another winter is almost behind us. The good news is that it’s time to start... read more

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

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