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Saving Lake Erie

Posted on 05/18/16 by Friends of Euclid Creek in

Although Lake Erie water is only 2% of the Great Lakes, it provides drinking water for millions of people, electricity from over 20 power plants, and contains 50% of all the Great Lakes fish. Our lake is the most valuable fresh water fishery in the world. Power production, fishing, and tourism generate billions of dollars a year in... read more

Solving Stream Problems in Your Back Yard Series - The Importance of Riparian Buffers

Posted on 05/03/16 by Jared in Educational Outreach

Forested streamside buffers protect your property from the river, and the river from you!

*This is the fifth post in a continuing series on backyard stream management.* Did You Know? As a streamside property-owner, you have a special opportunity to protect and restore our local creeks and watersheds by establishing or maintaining a healthy riparian buffer. What is a Riparian Buffer? Why do they matter? The riparian area is the land alongside a stream or... read more

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Posted on 04/27/16 by Amy in Educational Outreach

This tree was a goner. Planted with the burlap and wire cage around the root ball, it didn't stand a chance.

Another blog on trees? That’s right people! You can never have enough information about trees. Earlier this month, I took the Tree Stewards training which is a joint program of Western Reserve Land Conservancy (WRLC) and Holden Arboretum. The program is two in-class sessions and then two outside sessions. The in-class session covered the Cleveland Tree Plan, tree biology,... read more

The saga of an urban forest

Posted on 04/19/16 by Janine in Educational Outreach

In the late 1800s and early 1900s, Cleveland was nicknamed The Forest City. The abundance of trees meant there was an inexpensive commodity readily available to a growing city. Fortunately, the early city fathers and philanthropists worked hard to replant trees on city streets and in the parks. Unfortunately, many of those legacy trees, if not already fallen... read more

Naturalizing Basins is for the Birds, Pollinators, and Fish too

Posted on 04/12/16 by Elizabeth in Storm Water Services

Typical detention basin with low flow concrete channel.

We've got plenty of old stormwater detention basins throughout Cuyahoga County. You'd recognize them if you saw them, big depressions with concrete channels running from one pipe to another across the basin. In the past when designing for flood control, we made it our goal to get water from one place on our properties to another as quickly... read more