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April is Earth Month. And it's Ohio's very first Native Plant Month. April is home to Earth Day (April 22), Arbor Day (April 24) and the National Association of Conservation Districts Stewardship Week (April 26-May 3). And most years, that means April is also full of fun events focused on planting trees, building rain barrels and fun educational... read more

Erosion rill from concentrated surface flows causing sediment accumulation by the bioretention basin.

On March 10th and 11th, I attended an Inspection and Maintenance Certification Course for Stormwater Control Measures in Ohio. This course taught me many essential installation and long-term post-installation maintenance issues for detention basins, wetlands, swales, permeable pavers, green roofs, and bioretention basins. One debate all of us taking the class had was, if perimeter controls are used (such... read more

Did that catch your attention? At this time of year, the Cuyahoga Soil & Water Conservation District staff is typically working in the hyper-fast lane. Despite the Covid-19 pandemic, it is still life in the fast lane, but with different or modified delivery mechanisms. Staff has been working on a variety of virtual programs and ideas –for teachers, students,... read more

Damaged and swamped skimmer from freeze & thaw cycles

Ordinarily around this time of year a member of the stormwater staff would write a blog post discussing the need to do a spring clean-up on constructions sites. Even though Northeast Ohio has had a relatively mild winter, many of the temporary erosion and sediment controls that keep sediment out of our waterways are in poor condition and... read more

Everyone is waiting for good weather to get out and work in the yard. We look longingly out the window only to see rotting leaves, debris, and dead plant stems. It may look unsightly to us but there are hundreds of insects in those leaves and stems. Our yards are their cozy winter beds and nurseries. Unlike us,... read more