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The wider the buffer, the more effective it will be, but every little bit helps!

What is a Riparian Buffer? Why do they matter? The riparian area is the land alongside a stream or river that directly affects—or is affected by — the water. A riparian buffer is a green corridor along a river or stream that separates the water from surrounding land uses. Healthy riparian buffers contain trees, shrubs, and other vegetation that... read more

Project Plant It Lesson

Where do you work? What do you do? I hear that a lot because I've been educating people about conservation issues and practicing stewardship in a variety of roles for quite some time. It can be difficult to separate what I do for fun with what I do for work - not a bad problem! It started when I... read more

Subdivision construction inspection. Photo Credit: Kelly Parker

What is a typical day in the life of a Stormwater Specialist? Well, that's kind of a tough question to answer. One of the many things I love about my job is that every day is different and there is always so many different things going on, surprises, and unexpected adventures. I suppose there are two types of... read more

IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES SENATE RESOLUTION 570 Designating April 2022 as ‘‘National Native Plant Month’’. Whereas native plants are indigenous species that have evolved and occur naturally in a particular region, ecosystem, and habitat; Whereas there are more than 17,000 native plant species in the United States, which include trees, shrubs, vines, grasses, and wildflowers; Whereas native plants help prevent... read more

Green Yards and Healthy Homes

It’s that time of year! Birds are chirping. The weather’s warming and days are getting longer. Flowers and trees are starting to bloom. In Cuyahoga County, it’s also the time when we emerge from our winter hibernation, look around, and say “dang, this place could sure use a clean-up!” A Greener Clean at Home For many of us springtime is... read more

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