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Reducing Your Runoff Footprint: A Resolution for Cleaner Water in 2015

Posted on 01/02/15 by Jared in Rocky River Watershed

The Vicious Cycle: 'More Water Faster' has led to channel downcutting and erosion in this creek.

What’s your Runoff Footprint? In other words, how much runoff is your home or business dumping into your neighborhood creeks when it rains? And why does this matter? Urbanization and Creeks In urban and suburban areas, like Cuyahoga County, runoff from impervious surfaces such as roads and rooftops is the primary stressor on our local creeks. It impacts creek health... read more

A Time to Reflect and Thank You!

Posted on 12/23/14 by Claire in Euclid Creek Watershed

As 2014 comes to a close it's hard not to reflect on all of the wonderful people we've had the fortune to work with this year. We are thankful for all of you who volunteered at a CSWCD event - from stream cleanups, to riparian and rain garden plantings - we appreciate all of your help restoring our local... read more

Saving Baldwin Creek from Streambank Erosion

Posted on 12/17/14 by Elizabeth in Rocky River Watershed

Streambank erosion on a Baldwin Creek tributary

Streams naturally change, move and deposit predictable amounts of sediment (silt, sand, and soil) within a well-defined riparian zone (the vegetated area along streambanks). However, when land use changes occur, vegetation is removed, and hard (impervious) surfaces are added, water is forced to run over soil it used to infiltrate through (flow into). The loss of water storage... read more

Lake Erie: The Gift that Keeps On Giving

Posted on 12/11/14 by Janine in Educational Outreach

Each year the Ohio Federation of Soil and Water Conservation Districts holds Winter Meetings throughout the state. These meetings provide opportunities for regional SWCD board and staff members to learn more about topics that focus on internal issues, as well as timely conservation issues. This year’s meeting featured Dr. Jeff Reutter, Director, Ohio Sea Grant College Program, Stone Laboratory,... read more

Adopt a Low (Road) Salt Habit!

Posted on 12/01/14 by in Educational Outreach

You have probably heard that too much salt in your diet can be bad for your health but did you know that it can also be harmful for your local waterway? Road salt is the most commonly used de-icer and it contains sodium and chloride. This road salt is carried by melting snow and ice into local lakes, streams... read more