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Did you know that when it rains, quietly some of the landscape around us is hard at work? No, I am not talking about wooded/forested areas – although they do an extraordinary job with water absorption. I am talking about the parts of the built landscape that are engineered to collect and slow the flow of water, and in... read more

Photo: NASA

Thanksgiving truly is a special holiday. It gives us a day to pause and reflect on the good things in our lives. Many will share a meal and company. Some of the more vunerable amoung us will be grateful for the technology that allows them to connect virtually even though they cannot do so in person. During this... read more

Lymantria dispar egg sack. Photo Credit: Wildlife Insight, 2015 Marie Lewis

Is it just me or does everything always seem to be about native and invasive plants? I've written several blogs on them myself. I mean plants are just freaking awesome and why wouldn't we want to read all kinds of stuff about them?! However, if you're gonna have plants, you're gonna have to know about the insects that... read more

This past week our staff attended a brainstorming session for the Central Lake Erie Basin Collaborative, a consortium of non-profits and government agencies that work together in the northeast Ohio area, and one topic that came up was “what if we had all the resources we need, what would we change?" This can be a useful question to... read more

What scares our stormwater inspectors more than ghosts and goblins? Stormwater control measures (SCMs) in need of major maintenance. In this blog we share a few of our more dreadful maintenance issues and our suggested solutions. Trash & Debris Issue: This is the number one trick when it comes to our stormwater control measures. Inspectors can't help but be terrified... read more

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