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Illegal Dumping a Continuous Problem in Local Watersheds

Posted on 08/16/16 by Claire in Euclid Creek Watershed

Small amount of yellow substance observed in Euclid Creek at Acacia Reservation in Lyndhurst

A recurring problem in the Euclid Creek is with illegal dumping, either on land or in storm drains that lead to the creek. This year alone, I’ve received six calls from residents about black, oily substances coming out of pipe outfalls entering Euclid Creek or Lake Erie; apartment dwellers calling about trash dumping in streamside wooded areas behind... read more

Salt in our Waterways

Posted on 08/09/16 by Amy in Educational Outreach

Road salt sales in the U.S. from 1940 - 2000 (Jackson and Jobbagy 2005)

Although salt occurs naturally in our environment, our use of road salt can have negative impacts to vegetation and freshwater aquatic ecosystems. Road salt sales and application have increased greatly since 1940. What we generally refer to as “salt” is an ionic compound called “Sodium Chloride” or “NaCl”. Whenever salt dissolves in water, it separates in to two... read more

A Reflection on My Summer Watershed Internship

Posted on 08/03/16 by Claire in Euclid Creek Watershed

I have had the privilege of working as the watershed intern for the Cuyahoga Soil and Water Conservation District (CSWCD) this summer. My work and responsibilities have varied in the field and office. I have gained valuable experience and knowledge in watershed management. Improving and maintaining the health of Lake Erie watersheds is one of my main future... read more

Concrete Washout Pits & You

Posted on 07/26/16 by Brian in Storm Water Services

A temporary and disposable concrete washout pit.

Such a common part of many construction sites that the inclusion of a concrete washout pit (CWOP) on a Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan (SWP3) is second nature. Concrete washout is non-sediment pollutant that must be prevented from discharging off-site. It has an extremely high pH and contains other admixture chemicals. It is the responsibility of the permittee to... read more

Bikes, Bees & Butterflies

Posted on 07/19/16 by Amy in Educational Outreach

A pollinator bike garden that was placed in a park around the Shaker Lakes

Two years ago I was given the opportunity to work with my next door neighbor, Ann Cicarella, developing her new start-up business Bikes, Bees & Butterflies. What began as a hobby for Ann has now become her main priority. Ann is a retired landscape designer who made her mere interests become something so much more. She began Bikes,... read more