The Eastern hellbender.  Photo Credit: Dave Herasimtschuk, Freshwaters Illustrated

It's almost springtime and you know what that means! Salamander migration time! Those cool little (and big) guys hold a special place in my heart. These sensitive creatures are what are known as an indicator species which means that their health can tell you a lot about the health of their habitat. This brings me to our largest,... read more

Field of Phacelia, picture courtesy of www.phpetersen.com

Over the winter, I’ve spent some time researching cover crops for upcoming projects in 2018. At the most basic level, a cover crop is crop that is grown not for cash, but for some kind of soil benefit. The most frequently cited use for cover crops and the one most people are familiar with is to... read more

Ohio EPA requires urban communities with separated storm sewer systems (MS4s) to develop, implement, and enforce programs to address flood control and water quality impacts from development projects. Commonly, stormwater runoff is addressed with installation of structural stormwater control measures (basins, green infrastructure, underground pipes etc.) which slow down water and filter pollutants. Installed stormwater control measures (SCMs) need... read more

This blog post started out as an attempt to list more environmentally-friendly de-icing products. Since Cuyahoga SWCD started making a serious effort to point out the dangerous impacts of rock salt and other chloride-based de-icers on water quality and aquatic life, we've been getting a lot of questions about what environmentally-friendly alternatives are available. Up until now, our... read more

Backyard flooding (photo courtesy Warren SWCD)

Thankfully we have an abundant water supply in Cleveland. But as precious as water is, too much water is not a good thing, especially at this time of year when the ground is saturated, and the water must go somewhere where it is usually not wanted. Once Spring breezes in, the SWCD office phones will be ringing with calls... read more