Healthy soil is a fundamental building block of a healthy lawn. Unfortunately, in many areas of Cuyahoga County our soil is in distress. The vicious cycle of over-fertilization, pesticide and herbicide application, and removing grass clippings and leaves from the lawnscape has severely depleted the soils in many established neighborhoods, rendering them essentially lifeless. Meanwhile, in newer housing... read more

The 3rd annual Watershed Summit on November 9 was a great success with over 40 partners attending to hear about how the Watershed is doing in 2017. This year’s focus was on 2017 accomplishments of the program partners - to see the agenda, presentation and program handouts: click here and scroll to the Watershed Council meeting date. The purpose... read more

Cleanup of a Rover Pipeline spill near the Tuscrawas River in Stark County that occurred in Spring 2017.  Photo Credit: Ohio EPA

The Dakota Access Pipeline made international headlines when protestors near the Standing Rock Indian Reservation held their ground against Dakota Access, LLC and its partners fearing destruction of sacred lands and the environmental impacts the Dakota Access Pipeline project could have on the Missouri River which also supplies drinking water to several areas. Recent events in Ohio related... read more

Stormwater maintenance inspection - poppin' manholes

Prior to beginning my internship with the Cuyahoga Soil & Water Conservation District (CSWCD), I was a fly-fishing guide in northeastern Utah on the Green River. I referred to the river as “my office,” which had an ever-changing view of red rock canyons, crystal clear water and wildlife. During my time on the Green River, a plan was proposed... read more


In recognition of National Bat Week, this week from October 26-November 1, we are sharing a very important partner’s information about bat conservation and education. A group, the Organization for Bat Conservation, located in Pontiac, Michigan is doing phenomenal work to education people in our region about bats. They lauched a #SaveTheBats campaign to mobilize people to become... read more