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Spring has Sprung!

Posted on 04/07/15 by Amy in Educational Outreach

We officially entered Spring on March 20th but it took a couple weeks for it to actually feel like Spring. Before you know it, we will be out in the garden and enjoying the sunshine on a daily basis. Below and in the pictures above are Spring tips for March and April to get your yard ready. For... read more

Spring into Storm Water BMPs

Posted on 03/31/15 by Elizabeth in Storm Water Services

Storm water conveyance swales and ditches aren't the best location for backyard fire pits

Storm water staff are jumping for joy because all 2014 annual reports have gone out to our partner communities and spring is the time for 2015 inspections of post-construction storm water Best Management Practices (PCBMPs) (water quality ponds, rain gardens, porous pavement etc.) to begin! Most Cuyahoga County communities are considered Phase II (or small) Municipal Separate Storm Sewer... read more

Composting: A rind is a terrible thing to waste

Posted on 03/25/15 by in Educational Outreach

Any vegetable garden or flower bed can be nourished with compost. A compost bin or even a simple compost pile is an excellent way to recycle nutrients and reduce the amount of waste entering into the solid waste system. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Americans produced about 250 million tons of trash during 2006, the year... read more

Springtime Means Salamander Time

Posted on 03/16/15 by Kelly in Educational Outreach

Many people associate crocuses and daffodils with the first signs of spring, but they are not the only life emerging from the thawing soil. After a few warm rains and temperatures over 40 degrees, water begins to accumulate in depressions forming seasonal (vernal) pools in the woods. These vernal pools are very important for our ecosystem because they... read more

Spring Stabilization

Posted on 03/10/15 by Brent in Storm Water Services

Taken in late November.  A good example of well established grass.

Spring is upon us; and disturbed soil that was not stabilized (seeded) prior to the onset of winter is beginning to peek through the melting snow. Stabilization of disturbed soils with vegetative applications is an important tool for minimizing soil loss due to erosion; which is ultimately better for the quality of our waterways. Both the Ohio Department of... read more