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On June 22, the city of Cleveland and the Cuyahoga River will celebrate a half-century of cleaner water. Cleveland, a Rust Belt city, often heralded as the “Mistake on the Lake” has rebounded from rust to blue. So, having been of a certain age in 1969, I want to take you on a quick tour through the decades. In... read more

Aggressive Invasive Plants

Common Reed Grass (Phragmites australis) is an aggressive invasive plant. We often see them along highways growing in ditches and ponds. Although considered attractive by many, their beauty is not worth the destruction they cause. Originally from Eurasia, they have spread throughout the U.S. and Canada. These dense, fast growing stands destroy natural habitats that provide critical food and... read more

Cuyahoga SWCD rain barrel system (note elevation with concrete blocks)

We have been offering rain barrel workshops for over 11 years now and have sold thousands to the public. Rain barrels are a catchment system that captures the rainwater that runs off your roof and down your downspout. This morning talking to my hairdresser, Joe, he mentioned that he has a rain barrel. It's a barrel that sits in... read more

Cuyahoga Soil & Water Conservation District's is hosting a bicycle tour of stormwater infrastructure as part of the Cuyahoga 50 celebration. To quote from the Cuyahoga 50 event page "Water. It sustains us, nourishes us, and drives our economy. By the time of the 1969 Cuyahoga River fire, there was no visible life in the water. Fifty years later the... read more

Kestrel Fledgling

Last June I received a call from one of my site contacts, Pete Daugherty with Snavely Group, who was concerned about some young falcons flying into his construction site. The young birds were American Kestrels. The American Kestrel is the smallest falcon found in eastern north America weighing only 4.1 oz. with a wingspan of 22 inches. They... read more