Lake County Soil and Water Conservation District (Ohio)

Lake County  Soil and Water Conservation District (Ohio) Lake SWCD will provide leadership and technical expertise to guide the protection and conservation of the unique soil and water resources of the county

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747 is the Winner of 2020's Fat Bear Week Contest!The 'fat bears' of Katmai National Park have the healthy Brooks River ...
10/07/2020
Wide-bodied 747 crowned Alaska’s fattest bear

747 is the Winner of 2020's Fat Bear Week Contest!

The 'fat bears' of Katmai National Park have the healthy Brooks River ecosystem and its abundance of sockeye salmon to thank for their amazing annual weight gain! If you want to learn more please check out their website. (the bear cams are great!) https://explore.org/fat-bear-week

We may not have half-ton brown bears in Lake County, but our wildlife does depend on clean, healthy stream ecosystems. Bald Eagles are just one example of a species that depends on healthy aquatic ecosystems.

Healthy clean streams and Lake Erie are good for people and our local economy too! From fishing to recreational boating, healthy waterways are big contributors to Northeast Ohio's economy.

So do your part and help keep pollutants out of our streams rivers and Lake Erie and support conservation here at home.

If you want to help guide conservation in Lake County be sure to vote in our Board of Supervisors Special election. https://www.lakecountyohio.gov/swcd/2020-Board-of-Supervisors-Election

In Alaska’s annual battle of heavyweights, a salmon-chomping bruin named 747 – like the jetliner – has emerged as the most fabulously fat.

Lake SWCD along with North Perry Village and cooperation with  landowners have recently completed a floodplain restorati...
10/05/2020

Lake SWCD along with North Perry Village and cooperation with landowners have recently completed a floodplain restoration project along McKinley Creek.

This projects seeks to reduce flooding and erosion by creating access to the stream’s floodplain, improve the function and stability of the stream and riparian corridor, and send cleaner water to Lake Erie.

https://www.lakecountyohio.gov/swcd/Projects/North-Perry-Village-Floodplain-Restoration

Their milkweed collection bin is out and ready to be filled with milkweed pods! 🦋🦋🦋🦋🦋🦋🦋🦋🦋🦋🦋🦋You can drop off pods M-F fr...
10/01/2020

Their milkweed collection bin is out and ready to be filled with milkweed pods!

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You can drop off pods M-F from 8 - 4:30 in the lobby of the Lake County Administration Building (105 Main St, Painesville).

OCTOBERAccording to the U.S. EPA, leaves and other yard debris account for more than 33 million tons of waste in landfil...
10/01/2020

OCTOBER
According to the U.S. EPA, leaves and other yard debris account for more than 33 million tons of waste in landfills every year! Leaving the leaves on your lawn benefits wildlife, and mulching the leaves into your lawn provides free fertilizer and suppresses annual weeds like dandelions. One place that leaves never belong is in a storm drain, so put your leaves to work or dispose of them properly.

OCTOBER
According to the U.S. EPA, leaves and other yard debris account for more than 33 million tons of waste in landfills every year! Leaving the leaves on your lawn benefits wildlife, and mulching the leaves into your lawn provides free fertilizer and suppresses annual weeds like dandelions. One place that leaves never belong is in a storm drain, so put your leaves to work or dispose of them properly.

MILKWEED POD COLLECTION TO START OCTOBER 1PLANTING MILKWEED FOR MONARCHS IS VITAL!To help foster the creation of habitat...
09/25/2020

MILKWEED POD COLLECTION TO START OCTOBER 1

PLANTING MILKWEED FOR MONARCHS IS VITAL!

To help foster the creation of habitat for the monarch butterfly, Ohio Pollinator Habitat Initiative (OPHI), in cooperation with Ohio Soil and Water Conservation Districts is organizing a Statewide Milkweed Pod Collection this year starting September 1st and ending October 31st.

Milkweed is essential to the survival of monarch butterflies in Ohio and Ohio is a priority area for monarchs. The monarch butterflies that hatch here in the summer migrate to Mexico for the winter and are responsible for starting the life cycle all over again in the spring.

Since 2015, volunteers have collected approximately 5000 gallons of common milkweed seed pods, totaling over 22 million seeds! Milkweed is the only host plant for the Monarch butterfly for egg laying and caterpillar rearing. It also serves as a food source for Monarchs as well as many other pollinator species. The disappearance of milkweed across the U.S. has contributed to the 80% decline of the eastern monarch butterfly population over the last 20 years.

During September - October, everyone is encouraged to collect Common Milkweed pods from established plants and drop them off at a pod collection station. The majority of Ohio counties have a Milkweed Pod Collection Station, most of them being located at the local Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) office such as the Lake Soil & Water Conservation District.

Due to the climate here in Lake County our Milkweed Pod Collection will run from October 1-31.

For more information visit https://www.lakecountyohio.gov/swcd/Milkweed-Pod-Collection

Goodbye summer and welcome fall! Happy Autumnal Equinox Lake County! #beautifullakecounty #autumnalequinox #nativeplants
09/22/2020

Goodbye summer and welcome fall!
Happy Autumnal Equinox Lake County!

#beautifullakecounty #autumnalequinox #nativeplants

Request your Absentee Ballot today!Beginning on September 9, 2020 Lake County residents and landowners over age 18 may r...
09/11/2020
2020 Board of Supervisors Election

Request your Absentee Ballot today!

Beginning on September 9, 2020 Lake County residents and landowners over age 18 may request an absentee ballot.

To request an Absentee Ballot please fill out the form. https://mailchi.mp/3a9490b2fbd4/lake-soil-water-conservation-district-election-ballot-request

You may also request an absentee ballot by phone by calling 440-350-2730 or by email at [email protected]

Completed absentee ballots must be received by the SWCD office by 3:30 PM on Thursday, October 22, 2020.

For candidate information https://www.lakecountyohio.gov/Portals/20/2020%20Board%20of%20Supervisor%20Election%20Candidates.jpg

For more voting options
https://www.lakecountyohio.gov/swcd/2020-Board-of-Supervisors-Election

Lake County, Ohio - Soil & Water Conservation District

This is such an innovative project! Clean water in streams, money and jobs into a small rural community, and pigments fo...
09/08/2020
An Ohio Artist and Activist is Turning Acid Mine Pollution Into Paint

This is such an innovative project! Clean water in streams, money and jobs into a small rural community, and pigments for art. Sounds like a WIN-WIN-WIN!

"Rural Action hopes to take a different approach with True Pigments, its water-treatment facility in Millfield, a town of fewer than 400 people through which Sunday Creek runs. Based on the research of another Ohio University professor—Guy Riefler, chair of the university’s civil-engineering department and a specialist on AMD treatment—Rural Action piloted a smaller facility farther up Sunday Creek at Corning, with a patent-pending process that takes in contaminated water, reduces its acidity, removes iron oxide and returns clean water to the source. The scaled-up facility at Millfield would produce 1,200 tons of iron oxide each year while simultaneously remediating seven miles of waterway."

https://time.com/5881219/pollution-into-paint-john-sabraw/

John Sabraw, an Ohio University professor of art, collects chemicals from acid mine drainage and turns them into paint pigments.

SEPTEMBERRain gardens collect and filter rainwater that runs off impervious surfaces like rooftops and driveways. Imperv...
09/01/2020

SEPTEMBER
Rain gardens collect and filter rainwater that runs off impervious surfaces like rooftops and driveways. Impervious surfaces lead to increases in runoff and often result in increased flooding. As water travels over impervious surfaces it also picks up pollutants. Polluted stormwater runoff enters our rivers and lakes and is one of the leading threats to water quality. Installing a rain garden is one way you can manage rain water in your own yard!

SEPTEMBER
Rain gardens collect and filter rainwater that runs off impervious surfaces like rooftops and driveways. Impervious surfaces lead to increases in runoff and often result in increased flooding. As water travels over impervious surfaces it also picks up pollutants. Polluted stormwater runoff enters our rivers and lakes and is one of the leading threats to water quality. Installing a rain garden is one way you can manage rain water in your own yard!

#lakeeriestartshere #OnlyRainDownTheDrain
08/27/2020

#lakeeriestartshere #OnlyRainDownTheDrain

Have you ever looked into a storm drain to see what's inside? We do, and this is not what we want to find! Help us keep Lake Erie clean! #OnlyRainDownTheDrain #dontlitter

An update for those of you following the lake sturgeon reintroduction project!
08/26/2020

An update for those of you following the lake sturgeon reintroduction project!

We are pleased to announce the first recapture of a Lake Sturgeon from our Sturgeon Recovery Center on the Maumee!

The Ohio Division of Wildlife conducts trawls to survey for fish in Lake Erie and happened to turn up one of our tagged Lake Sturgeon. This fish had 13.74” of growth in a little over two years; almost triple its size at release!

This is the third recorded capture of juvenile Lake Sturgeon from our 2018 & 2019 stocking events, where 3,000 captive-reared fish are hand-released to the Maumee River annually.

These efforts are part of an ongoing, collaborative effort of the Maumee River Sturgeon Recovery group to reestablish the population that once spawned in the Maumee River.

With the help of our partners and your generous support, we will continue release and monitor Lake Sturgeon for years to come!🐟

Alpena Fish and Wildlife Conservation Office
Ohio Division of Wildlife
Great Lakes Acoustic Telemetry Observation System
U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)
Genoa National Fish Hatchery and Great River Road Interpretive Center

08/25/2020
Cuyahoga Falls Kayak Race

Just a friendly 2020-style reminder that what washes down stormdrains, ends up in our rivers.

#lakeeriestartshere #OnlyRainDownTheDrain

2020 brings another surprise to us all. Adding Fire #14 on the Cuyahoga River, ending the 51 year streak since the last fire on June 22, 1969.

A fuel tanker caught fire on Rt8 after being involved in an accident. Then, the fire leaked into the Cuyahoga River via storm drains this morning in the Gorge Metro Parks area. The river fire only lasted about 5 minutes, but is a dire reminder to us all how our sewer/drainage systems impact our precious waterways.

Fox 8 News
https://www.facebook.com/Fox8NewsCleveland/videos/761280814660002/?vh=e&extid=LtQxCtbC2A8jaMsQ

08/21/2020
ohioline.osu.edu

Be on the Alert for the Spotted Lanternfly. This invasive insect may have been spotted in Summit County. it is a threat to our local forests as well as to orchards and vineyards.

If spotted please kill/capture and report any suspected finds to the Ohio Department of Agriculture, to a local Extension office, or via the Great Lakes Early Detection Network (GLEDN) mobile app.

One thing you can do to reduce the spread is by removing any Tree-of-Heaven trees on your property. Tree-of-Heaven Ailanthus altissima is non-native invasive tree that serves as a host tree for this insect and promotes its spread.

https://ohioline.osu.edu/factsheet/anr-83?fbclid=IwAR1G6TIGzXbZwxa1Ipgx2wwzOsVtTdqub-Mpx49nkY-6K5k_S-FSkeuA74A

Don't feed the blue-green algae.Lawn fertilizers, pet waste, yard waste, Combined Sewer Overflows (CSOs) and agriculture...
08/17/2020
Toxic Algae Are a Menace. Humans Are Giving Them Ammunition.

Don't feed the blue-green algae.

Lawn fertilizers, pet waste, yard waste, Combined Sewer Overflows (CSOs) and agriculture all contribute to Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs).

Do your part in your yard by testing your soil and only fertilizing based upon the results. Or better yet, skip the lawn fertilizer all together! Pick up after your pets. Make sure yard waste stays out of streams, creeks, stormdrains and roadside drainage ditches.

#LakeErieStartsHere

Algal blooms are killing wildlife and making people sick. Here’s how we aided their reign of terror.

How cool is this Ohio Bedrock Geology cross stitch pattern!Time to start crafting those holiday gifts!https://www.etsy.c...
08/10/2020
Ohio Bedrock Geology cross stitch PDF pattern download

How cool is this Ohio Bedrock Geology cross stitch pattern!

Time to start crafting those holiday gifts!

https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/823748971/ohio-bedrock-geology-cross-stitch-pdf

This listing is for a pdf file download of a cross stitch pattern, which I designed. When you purchase this listing, you will be sent a gridded black and white pattern pdf (created in PCStitch), complete with suggested DMC floss color numbers (though of course youre welcome to change to any colors

Cover cops on our farm fields and home gardens improve the health of our soil and our water!If you are looking to purcha...
08/04/2020

Cover cops on our farm fields and home gardens improve the health of our soil and our water!

If you are looking to purchase some cover crop seeds for your home garden, we do have some fall cover/winter kill seeds available for purchase. $7 packet covers 250 sq feet. Send us a message, an email ([email protected]) or give us a call (440-350-2730) to set up a time to purchase your cover crop seeds.

AUGUST

Ohio Farmers are increasingly turning to no-till and cover crops to improve their soil health. Gardeners can benefit from reduced tillage and planting cover crops as well. Planting a mixed seed variety in late August and early September will help retain soil nutrients throughout winter and early spring.

Building rock cairns might seem like harmless fun, but it can be devastating to the wildlife that depends on those rocks...
08/04/2020
#KickRocks Campaign Stands Up Against Cairns - Flylords Mag

Building rock cairns might seem like harmless fun, but it can be devastating to the wildlife that depends on those rocks being in the stream submerged with water.

Here in Lake County, while we don't have Eastern Hellbender Salamanders (Cryptobranchus alleganiensis), we do have our own fully aquatic salamander, the Common Mudpuppy (Necturus maculosus), who has similar habitat requirements.

Rocks in swiftly moving water are required habitat for the many species of aquatic macroinvertebrates, like mayflies, caddisflies, midges and crayfish, which play the crucial role of breaking down detritus and providing food to other aquatic and riparian animals like fish, salamanders, frogs, snakes, otters and birds.

Be kind to our streams and #kickrocks

https://flylordsmag.com/kick-rocks-cairns/?fbclid=IwAR1IBr16X4jkuymc2QZnJu163QiGM5RlTC3YVY3BkNSuEM5r3PCuPDPRfXA

From John Hewlitt: “It’s summertime and a lot of people are traveling to our wild places all around the country so let’s make this PSA go viral and let’s do our part to save our natural heritage. It’s not art. It causes very real problems for many aquatic species. Ideally, dismantling the ...

The Arcola Creek Restoration in Fairview Cemetery is looking great!
07/21/2020

The Arcola Creek Restoration in Fairview Cemetery is looking great!

Here's a photo update to the stream restoration project in Madison Village's Fairview Cemetery, which was completed in 2017. Shrubs and vegetation are filling in and growing up, creating a cooler habitat for the riparian ecosystem!

Has anyone else been hearing annual cicadas? Here in Lake county we have periodical and annual cicadas. The periodical c...
07/13/2020
Swamp Cicada

Has anyone else been hearing annual cicadas?

Here in Lake county we have periodical and annual cicadas. The periodical cicadas (also called 17-year cicadas or Magicicadas) emerge at the same time in large groups called broods. You may remember them from 2016.

The cicadas you are just starting to hear now are likely swamp cicadas or morning cicadas (Neotibicen tibicen tibicen), one of the species of annual cicadas.

http://songsofinsects.com/cicadas/swamp-cicada?fbclid=IwAR3B4R48J4UHiw0Qc_AeeRu8InDjS8Kdmol2J8w9NF_WJPXz2mijgJp3d0s

Swamp Cicada (Neotibicen tibicen tibicen) Song of a Swamp Cicada (scroll down for explanation and additional recordings!). The Swamp Cicada is the only eastern species that is frequently found on l…

Teamwork makes the dream work!Restorations are a large undertaking that are made possible by different organizations all...
07/08/2020
Mentor gets second grant for Springbrook Gardens Park stream restoration

Teamwork makes the dream work!

Restorations are a large undertaking that are made possible by different organizations all working together. The restoration at Springbrook Gardens Park has been made possible by work from Lake SWCD, Chagrin River Watershed Partners (CRWP), The City of Mentor, Ohio EPA, and the project's contractor Biohabitats.

They say it takes a village to raise a child and, apparently, a city to rebuild a stream.

Do you want to learn more about Ohio's Property Tax Reduction Programs (CAUV and OFTL)? Log in on Friday, July 17 at 10a...
07/07/2020

Do you want to learn more about Ohio's Property Tax Reduction Programs (CAUV and OFTL)?

Log in on Friday, July 17 at 10am to lean all about these programs.

Are you confused about Ohio's Property Tax Reduction Programs?? We have a webinar coming up on July 17th from 10 am - 12 pm that will cover the ins and outs of the Ohio Forest Tax Law Program and CAUV (Current Agricultural Use Valuation). Register here: go.osu.edu/foresttax

Got pond issues or questions?Connect via Zoom on Tuesdays to ask questions and get responses from Eugene Braig, aquatic ...
07/07/2020
Open Pond Clinic via Zoom | SENR

Got pond issues or questions?

Connect via Zoom on Tuesdays to ask questions and get responses from Eugene Braig, aquatic ecosystems specialist with Ohio State University Extension in the School of Environment and Natural Resources

https://senr.osu.edu/extensionoutreach/ponds-fisheries-aquatics/open-pond-clinic-zoom?fbclid=IwAR3A3PAOjz1XctS1uIKTfjV7FToWsncPx9mxtsYw_Pxmha1ajXayzalTqnw

Have a pond/lake/fisheries question? Connect via Zoom on Tuesdays to ask questions and get responses from Eugene Braig, aquatic ecosystems specialist with Ohio State University Extension in the School of Environment and Natural Resources. Eugene's expertise is in “wild”-like sites, ponds and lak...

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With most landscaping services deemed non essential this means non professionals will be applying lawn and garden chemicals. This is potentially a problem especially if they are over applied. Can you please provide guidance that can be shared, on proper application and also information showing the benefits of allowing a lawn and garden to go natural with native plants and longer grass, no mulch etc.
I am looking to purchase elderberry plants. Do you have them?
Strange request, but does anyone have Wafer Ash/Hoptree that they are willing to let me have some leaves from? I have 6 Giant Swallowtail butterfly eggs that are about to hatch and I don't have enough material to raise them for the next 30 days. She laid eggs on my little tiny Wafer Ash trees I got from the Soil and Water tree sale in the spring and they only have a few leaves. Does anyone know where I can get some material to make sure these guys make it to crysalis stage? Perhaps someone has gotten Wafer Ash in a previous year from the Soil and Water sale. Thank you!