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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

Along with a state bird, flower, tree, fruit, and others Ohio now has its first native plant month! What's even better is that it is only weeks away! That's right, April has now been officially designated as Ohio Native Plant Month. On June 27, 2019 Governor Mike DeWine signed Ohio House Bill 59 into law, which designates... read more

A good part of my job at Cuyahoga Soil and Water is spent driving around the County. I am always excited to see new business, housing projects, etc. that are expanding our economic base and providing new opportunities for the residents in Cuyahoga County. People far more creative than me come up with wonderful design ideas to catch... read more

Maple Heights

You may remember this cute little song from your school days. It was a call for everyone to pitch in to pick up the mess - regardless of who made it. Volunteer stream cleanups rely on the same sense of shared responsibility. They’re a great way to teach both children and adults that “there is no away”. Most... read more

Watershed intern Breoni Turner and myself filming for Betsy Kling's Girls In STEM segment.

In my recent blogs, Wild About Wetlands and Wild About Wetlands- Part 2, I discussed the beauty and importance of wetlands and I introduced a man-made way to implement wetlands into areas, such as stormwater retention basins, where wetland plants would not normally grow in order to improve water quality while providing aquatic habitat. Last year was our... read more