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From Conservationist to Gardener

Posted on 04/21/20 by Elizabeth in Educational Outreach

Grams Garden

Growing up, my grandparents were known for having green thumbs, I, however, was not. No matter how easy a plant was to care for, it was destined for the compost bin. I was always fascinated by my grandmother’s window full of cactus and succulents, and we all enjoyed the fresh vegetables, strawberries, and cherries straight from the back... read more

Conservation in the Time of COVID-19

Posted on 04/14/20 by Jared in Educational Outreach

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

Misconception About Bioretention

Posted on 04/08/20 by Chris in Storm Water Services

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

LIFE IN THE FAST LANE

Posted on 04/03/20 by Janine in Educational Outreach

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

Construction Site Spring Clean-up

Posted on 03/25/20 by Brent in Storm Water Services

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