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Taking Steps in Your Yard to Help Lake Erie

Posted on 11/12/19 by Elizabeth in Educational Outreach

Euclid Creek Watershed Champions with their Yard Signs

Cuyahoga Soil & Water Conservation District, in partnership with our local watershed groups and communities, has initiated a Watershed Champion Program to encourage residents to adopt watershed friendly habits in their own yards. A watershed is an area of land that drains rain and snow to a common body of water such as a stream, river, or lake. Our... read more

Fall Leaves - Beauty or Beast?

Posted on 11/07/19 by Carla in Storm Water Services

Leaves – Pros and Cons A big part of my job is spent in a vehicle driving around the County from site to site. As I drive around at this time of year – I cannot help but notice all the beautiful fall colors. A few more cold nights and soon all of these beautiful... read more

Soil Stabilization in Residential Subdivisions

Posted on 11/05/19 by Brent in Storm Water Services

Basic landscaping (permanent stabilization) installed by homeowner.

The Ohio Construction General Permit #OHC000005 requires exposed soil to be stabilized with vegetative treatments, grass seed and straw mulch, within specific timeframes. The two types of vegetative stabilization, temporary and permanent, are used on exposed soil minimize the chance of erosion and the discharge of sediment-laden runoff from the jobsite. The Ohio Rainwater and Land Development... read more

Beginner's Guide to Conservation Easements

Posted on 10/29/19 by Justin in Urban Agriculture

A huge brush pile in a conservation easement.

One of the less talked about aspects of our job at Cuyahoga Soil & Water Conservation District is that we hold a number of conservation easements. Subsequently, we monitor these easements on an annual basis. To understand what we are monitoring for and what this job entails, we must first understand what a conservation easement is. Conservationeasement.us defines a... read more

Stormwater Awareness Week

Posted on 10/22/19 by Amy in Educational Outreach

Stormwater Awareness WeekOctober 20-26, 2019 Stormwater Awareness Week is a regional effort that encourages communities (and the groups that care about them) to raise stormwater awareness via newsletters and social media posts, or with fun and educational events. Most people don't think about stormwater unless it negatively affects them thru flooding or erosion. There is an intricate system below our... read more