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Solving Stream Problems in Your Back Yard Series - Think Twice before Removing that Log Jam

Posted on 11/13/15 by Jared in Rocky River Watershed

A collection of Large Woody Debris (LWD)  in the North Branch of the Rocky River.  LWD like this benefits the river in many ways.

*This is the fourth post in a continuing series on backyard stream management.* Rivers and streams in our part of the world have four main functions in the landscape. First, and most obviously, they convey water downstream. From the ground water that feeds their base flow to the surface runoff they receive during storms, this is their most apparent... read more

Finding Depths

Posted on 11/03/15 by Elizabeth in Storm Water Services

Intern Jon assists with a field assessment of an HOAs basin

If you've seen Cuyahoga SWCD staff out and about with a fishing rod in your community lately, never fear, we aren't fishing for our lunch, we are actually assessing storm water basin depths. With the expansion of our storm water facility long-term operation and maintenance program this year we have had a significant upturn in follow-up assistance requests.... read more

Help Put an End to Illegal Dumping

Posted on 10/27/15 by Janine in Educational Outreach

TARGETING ILLEGAL DUMPING Illegal dumping is a pervasive problem throughout Cuyahoga County, but especially in the City of Cleveland and inner-ring suburbs. Tires, trash bags, construction debris and fast food bags can be found in ravines and out in the open. It is unsightly and a nuisance that impacts the quality of life, and potentially, the health of nearby... read more

Who You Gonna Call?

Posted on 10/20/15 by in Educational Outreach

Learn how to properly dispose of household hazardous waste!

“If there's something strange in your neighborhood, Who you gonna call? Ghostbusters! If there's something weird and it don't look good, Who you gonna call? Ghostbusters!” Fall is here and Halloween is approaching quickly, but ghosts aren’t the problem here at Cuyahoga SWCD… pollution is! Throughout many of our blogs posted here, we’ve pointed out plenty of options for how... read more

Be a Lazy Gardener! It's ok!

Posted on 10/13/15 by Amy in Educational Outreach

Mulching leaves in the Fall results in a greener lawn and up to 80% less dandelions the following Spring.

With lawn care, it’s easy to focus on the “roof” (grass) while ignoring the “foundation” (soil). The living systems occurring above and below the ground surface are determined by the properties of the soil. We often ignore the soil because it’s hard to observe. If you learn to feed the soil, you will let the soil feed the... read more