Solving Stream Problems in your Backyard Series - General Stream Morphology and Impacts of Urbanization

Posted on 07/09/15 by Jared in Educational Outreach

*This is the second post in a continuing series on backyard stream management.* River. Creek. Stream. Ditch. Run. Swale. There are hundreds of potential names for that flowing body of water in your back yard. If we’ve had a lot of rain lately, they’re probably not all suitable for polite company. But learning the different land forms that make... read more

Solving Stream Problems in your Backyard Series - Who is Responsible for our Streams?

Posted on 06/30/15 by in Educational Outreach

*This is the first post in a continuing series on backyard stream management.* Through the Cuyahoga Soil & Water Conservation District’s Watershed Program, we are starting a new blog series to discuss problems property owners may face with their back yard stream and resources for finding solutions. Most property owners do not always know what to do with their... read more

Expose Your Trees Flare - And Other Tree Care Tips

Posted on 06/24/15 by Elizabeth in Educational Outreach

Volca-NO! The mulch piled up around these trunks can cause bark rot. Spread your mulch out and away from the tree's trunk out to the canopy width.

We've all seen it, the tree lined streets with the volcanoes (Think Volca-NO!) of mulch carefully piled up knee high around the tree trunks. We spend a lot of money for that mulch, and unfortunately when it is piled high around the base of a trunk, it is not fufilling its purpose. In fact many of our urban trees... read more

Small Spaces, Great Places---in Your Own Backyard

Posted on 06/16/15 by in Educational Outreach

Depending on where you live in Cuyahoga County, you may have room for a tiny garden or a whole lot more. When it comes to gardening—and the potential benefits of creating wonderful habitat for wildlife, size doesn’t really restrict your ability to provide great spaces. Since 2006, the Cuyahoga SWCD has teamed up with the National Wildlife Federation’s (NWF)... read more

Watershed Stewardship - Tips For Around Your Home

Posted on 06/09/15 by in Educational Outreach

With our increasingly busy lives, protecting local waters isn't usually an issue that crosses most people’s minds. But if you value your health and the health of your surroundings then it should. Our well-being is linked to the health of our waters. Our drinking water comes directly from Lake Erie, so protecting the tributaries to the lake ultimately... read more


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