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StormCon 2016 Recap: Part 2 of 3 (Green Infrastructure Tour)

Posted on 11/01/16 by Brent in Storm Water Services

Unique cross-walk along the Cultural Trail

StormCon 2016 was held in Indianapolis, IN during the last week of August. StormCon is the national conference and exposition for surface water quality. Conferences often host tours of local projects that highlight some trending topic within the industry. A green infrastructure bicycle tour of Indianapolis was offered at StormCon. Since green infrastructure and bicycling are two things... read more

2nd Annual Euclid Creek Watershed Summit Recap

Posted on 10/28/16 by Claire in Euclid Creek Watershed

Ken Rapport, FOEC President, discussed the years highlights

Although the program has been around for 16 years, our 2nd annual Watershed Summit on October 6 was a success with over 50 partners attending to hear about how the Watershed is doing in 2016. Unlike last year's first summit where we discussed the past 15 years of program accomplishments, this year we were able to focus on... read more

Buried Rivers and Zombie Creeks

Posted on 10/25/16 by Jared in Rocky River Watershed

A one-mile section of Abram Creek was buried to make way for runway expansion at Cleveland-Hopkins International Airport in 2002.

Happy Halloween from Cuyahoga SWCD! Zombies. They’re not alive, but they’re not quite dead, either - much like many of our urban streams that have been buried and confined to culverts underground. And like zombies, these buried streams still resemble their living form: they transport water, sediment and debris downstream from their watershed. However, they are often lifeless, or... read more

Putting Your Garden to Bed in the Fall

Posted on 10/18/16 by Claire in Educational Outreach

For maximum wildlife, water quality and soil health benefits, leave your flower beds and other landscaping in place this fall. When you do tidy up in the spring, consider trimming your plants down to ground-level but leaving the roots in place. Also, fall is a great time to test your soil and to start a new native plant... read more

From the Ground Up: Developing a Tool Kit for Urban Farmers

Posted on 10/11/16 by Janine in Educational Outreach

Oh the challenges associated with urban agriculture. No previous “farming” experience; tired, worn out or maybe contaminated soils; challenges obtaining permits for the land or water; variable weather and no blueprint for success. Back in 1949 when the Cuyahoga SWCD was established, Cleveland’s population was nearly 1 million and the county was already 50% developed. But in 2016 the... read more