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My experience at StormCon 2016: Part 1 of 3

Posted on 08/31/16 by Brent in Storm Water Services

StormCon 2016 (Forester Media, Inc.)

I recently attended StormCon 2016 in Indianapolis, the national conference and exposition for surface water quality. I also had the opportunity to give a presentation about Cuyahoga SWCD’s stormwater program. For those that are regular followers of our blog you probably have a good idea of what Cuyahoga SWCD is up to. For the next couple of blog... read more

You can help Monarchs!!!

Posted on 08/24/16 by Ellen in Educational Outreach

Common Milkweed

Monarch butterflies are one of the most recognized butterflies throughout America. They make an amazing journey each year from Canada to Mexico. In the fall Monarch’s migrate from Canada to Mexico, and then in the spring they migrate from Mexico to Canada. During these times the Monarch breeds and lays their eggs on milkweed plants. Milkweed is the... read more

Nature's Secret Connections

Posted on 08/23/16 by Friends of Euclid Creek in Friends of Euclid Creek

There are connections all around us. Some we know, like our extended family. Some we may not know as well, such as links from the past to the present. There are also connections we never see. Even though we may not be aware of them, connections in the natural world are of utmost importance to our well-being. The Pollinator... read more

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