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Solving Stream Problems in Your Back Yard Series - The Importance of Floodplains to People and Wildlife

Posted on 04/04/17 by Claire in Euclid Creek Watershed

Cross section of a functioning riparian (streamside) system

*This is the sixth post in a continuing series on backyard stream management.* What is a Floodplain and why are functional ones important? A floodplain is the flat, low lying area of land next to a river or stream that periodically floods at different points in time. Floodplains are hydrologically important, environmentally sensitive and ecologically productive areas that perform many... read more

Changing Hearts and Minds

Posted on 03/21/17 by Jacki in Educational Outreach

My job as the new Stormwater Educator is to help members of our Cuyahoga County communities become stewards of their individual environments as well as the environments they share. We often judge the effectiveness of education based on how well students can repeat back what they’ve been taught. If our goal in environmental education is to change behaviors,... read more

Water Education for a New Generation

Posted on 03/14/17 by Janine in Educational Outreach

Jacki Zevenbergen

Since 2003, Cuyahoga Soil & Water Conservation District has implemented an annual Public Involvement/Public Education Program (PIPE) for about half of the communities within the county. Last fall when the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District designated the Cuyahoga SWCD as a “preferred provider” for PIPE services, our long term goal of working with communities throughout Cuyahoga County became... read more

Getting Seeds Started Right

Posted on 03/07/17 by Justin in Urban Agriculture

Germination Station:  One and Four-tray heat mats in plain view

It’s that time of the year when winter is still lingering, but spring can’t get here soon enough. Some folks have been managing their seasonal depression, flipping through seed catalogs, and dreaming of summer’s colorful bounty of fruits and vegetables. Another winter is almost behind us. The good news is that it’s time to start... read more

River Cleanups Matter

Posted on 03/01/17 by Jared in Rocky River Watershed

River Cleanups Matter! I sometimes get asked why we do river cleanups. What difference does it make? If stormwater pollution and bacteria are our main water quality problems, then why bother picking up trash – it won’t improve water quality, right? Well, river cleanups do make a difference, and that difference is not just aesthetic. Wildlife can easily become entangled... read more