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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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Just a reminder orders for our 2022 Plant Native Sale are due in 1 week on March 11!https://www.lakecountyohio.gov/swcd/...
03/04/2022
Soil and Water Conservation District – Lake County Ohio

Just a reminder orders for our 2022 Plant Native Sale are due in 1 week on March 11!

https://www.lakecountyohio.gov/swcd/wp-content/uploads/sites/18/2022/01/2022-Plant-Native-Sale.pdf

#PlantNative

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Burning Bush, Euonymus alatus, continues to spread in our natural areas and wild places as birds eat the berries and dep...
03/02/2022

Burning Bush, Euonymus alatus, continues to spread in our natural areas and wild places as birds eat the berries and deposit them away from the origin of the original shrub. Young shrubs can be hand pulled as their roots aren’t deep. Do you know this plant? In areas where it has invaded en masse, it’s hard to miss with its brilliant red fall foliage. Some native alternatives for this invasive include native blueberries.
For more about the natural history of Burning Bush and why it’s an awful invasive: https://www.invasive.org/alien/pubs/midatlantic/eual.htm
You can still join us for our two part Wicked Weeds workshop next week to learn how to tackle Burning Bush and other invasives on your property, too.
For more information and to register: https://www.cmnh.org/wicked-weeds-part-one
Photo credit: Becky Donaldson

Burning Bush, Euonymus alatus, is another invasive that continues to spread in our natural areas and wild places as birds eat the berries and deposit them away from the origin of the original shrub. Young shrubs can be hand pulled as their roots aren’t deep. Do you know this plant? In areas where it has invaded en masse, it’s hard to miss with its brilliant red fall foliage. Some native alternatives for this invasive include native blueberries.
For more about the natural history of Burning Bush and why it’s an awful invasive: https://www.invasive.org/alien/pubs/midatlantic/eual.htm
You can still join us for our two part Wicked Weeds workshop next week to learn how to tackle Burning Bush and other invasives on your property, too.
For more information and to register: https://www.cmnh.org/wicked-weeds-part-one
Photo credit: Becky Donaldson

We’re observing National Invasive Species Awareness Week this week along with many conservation partners across the coun...
03/02/2022

We’re observing National Invasive Species Awareness Week this week along with many conservation partners across the country to highlight the cost of invasive species and the loss of biodiversity to our natural areas, private lands and backyards and how you can help!
For a more in depth opportunity and to get some hands on practice with tools, you can join our two part Wicked Weeds workshop next week to learn how to tackle them on your own, too! For more information and to register: https://www.cmnh.org/wicked-weeds-part-one
Pictured is Amur Bush Honeysuckle, Lonicera mackii
#NISAW #invasivespecies
Photo credit: Becky Donaldson

02/23/2022

Join us for a Wicked Weeds Workshop!
Invasive species are not just found in natural areas. They’re all across the landscape—including in our own backyards! But you can make a difference. Join us for this two-part program, online and in person, to learn techniques that you can use to combat invasive plants.
The first part of Wicked Weeds will be a Zoom presentation on the evening of Thursday, March 10, 2022. We’ll discuss the invasive plants in our area and introduce you to common control methods. For the second part of the program, choose from one of two in-person sessions at the Mentor Marsh Nature Center on Saturday, March 12. We’ll teach you to identify woody invasives and demonstrate control methods you can use, even in the middle of winter. Then you’ll have a chance to practice those methods yourself, while we’re on hand to offer encouragement and advice.
There’s no better time than the new year to commit to making a positive change for biodiversity. Wicked Weeds will give you the tools to get started—and we’ll send you home with some helpful resources and tools you can put directly to work.
Choose one of two hands on sessions on Saturday, March 12, 2022, at either noon or 3pm. All registrants will receive a Zoom link for the online presentation on Thursday, March 10 (6 to 8pm EST).
This workshop is held in partnership with Lake Soil and Water Conservation District.
To register: https://www.cmnh.org/wicked-weeds-part-one
For more information email Becky at rdonaldson at CMNH dot org

02/18/2022

Interested in learning how to stabilize your streambank?

Chagrin River Watershed Partners and Dr. Bob Hawley of Sustainable Streams Engineering will be partnering to bring you another free virtual Speaker Series event on Tuesday, February 22, 2022, from 10:00-11:00am.

In this presentation, Dr. Hawley will discuss low-cost ideas for how to stabilize your streambank using hand-placed log structures. No prior knowledge or expertise required!

Participants will learn small-scale, cost-effective methods of streambank stabilization and erosion control using materials that can be found in one’s own backyard.

To register for this free virtual event, click the link below! https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/484233038142547216

To learn more about Sustainable Streams, check out their website at www.sustainablestreams.com

#crwp #speakerseries #free #virtualpresentation #stream #streambank #stabilization #restoration #erosion #erosioncontrol #sustainablestreams #environment #conservation #sustainability #sostenible #arroyo #érosion

02/17/2022

Look at that ice jam move!

The Great Backyard Bird Count starts tomorrow!
02/17/2022

The Great Backyard Bird Count starts tomorrow!

Are you Great Backyard Bird Counting this weekend? Starts tomorrow!
“This year we are celebrating 25 years of coming together to watch, learn about, count, and celebrate birds.”
For more information on how to participate: https://www.birdcount.org
Wouldn’t a Brown Creeper be a great one?
Photo credit: Debbi Schuster

Photos from Painesville City's post
02/17/2022

Photos from Painesville City's post

Skip the hose and go with the pros!#lakeeriestartshere #loveyourlake
02/14/2022

Skip the hose and go with the pros!

#lakeeriestartshere #loveyourlake

Landforms, erosion and watersheds OH MY!Lake SWCD is always happy to provide equipment and training to educators and sch...
02/10/2022

Landforms, erosion and watersheds OH MY!

Lake SWCD is always happy to provide equipment and training to educators and schools to enhance science learning!

We sure do have some GREAT teachers here in Lake County!
02/09/2022

We sure do have some GREAT teachers here in Lake County!

02/01/2022

Look, we get it. It's been a rough 2022 so far with the snow.

Today is a 'grate' day to clear off your storm drain so the snow/ice has somewhere to go before the next snowmageddon hits this week.

Be safe, everyone!

#lakeeriestartshere

The 2022 Lake SWCD Native Pond Sale is LIVE! Orders are due by April 25, 2022.To download an order form visit https://ww...
01/26/2022

The 2022 Lake SWCD Native Pond Sale is LIVE!

Orders are due by April 25, 2022.

To download an order form visithttps://www.lakecountyohio.gov/swcd/wp-content/uploads/sites/18/2022/01/2022-Native-Pond-Sale-order-form.pdf

IT'S HERE!The Lake SWCD Plant Native Sale is now LIVE!This year's sale has bareroot tree and shrub seedlings, container ...
01/25/2022

IT'S HERE!

The Lake SWCD Plant Native Sale is now LIVE!

This year's sale has bareroot tree and shrub seedlings, container trees, container shrubs, perennials, rain barrels, native seed mixes, AND MORE!

Orders are due by March 11, 2022.

Pick up is on April 22 from 9-6 and April 23 from 9-12 at the Lake County Fairgrounds Natural Resources Building.

To download species descriptions and an order form visithttps://www.lakecountyohio.gov/swcd/wp-content/uploads/sites/18/2022/01/2022-Plant-Native-Sale.pdf

We can tell you are all excited about our 2022 Plant Native Sale! While we are firming a few things up with our final ve...
01/20/2022

We can tell you are all excited about our 2022 Plant Native Sale! While we are firming a few things up with our final vendor here is a little sneak peek at our bare root offerings this year.

#PlantNative

Here in Lake County we have 3 H2Ohio projects in progress. One in Willoughby, one in Mentor at Headlands Dunes State Nat...
01/20/2022

Here in Lake County we have 3 H2Ohio projects in progress. One in Willoughby, one in Mentor at Headlands Dunes State Nature Preserve, and one in Madison Village! These projects will help improve water quality downstream and ultimately in Lake Erie.

The H2Ohio program continues to grow across the buckeye state! Check out the map below which lists all of the ongoing or completed projects. We are excited to break ground and complete more projects in 2022! For more info on these projects and Governor Mike DeWine's H2Ohio program, head to http://h2.ohio.gov/.

01/17/2022

Did you know that snowmelt becomes stormwater runoff? ❄️

Snowmelt can carry pollutants such as road salt, animal waste, and yard waste into our waterways. Check out these tips to help reduce winter runoff and keep our waterways clean!

1. Shovel early & often: Many salts and deicers contain chemicals that can end up in local waterways. The more snow you shovel, the less salt you will need!

2. Keep Storm Drains Clear: Piling snow on or near storm drains will cause pollutants within the snow to directly enter our waterways. Be sure to keep your storm drains clear!

3. Pile Snow Wisely: Be sure to pile snow in locations where it will have an opportunity to infiltrate the soil and filter out these harmful pollutants before becoming runoff. Avoid piling snow too close to waterways and impervious surfaces, like driveways and roads.

01/03/2022

Looking for a new hobby for the new year?🌻

Learn how to design, install, and maintain your own rain garden with our Master Rain Gardener course! Rain gardens can help you with flooding issues, provide habitat for pollinators, and prevent polluted stormwater from entering our waterways. The first online course begins January 31st! Registration is open to residents and landscape professionals in Northeast Ohio.

Need-based scholarships available.

Find out more and register at neomasterraingardener.org

01/03/2022

JANUARY

Make a resolution to incorporate more native plants in your habitat. It’s a great time of year to research and plan what you want to grow and purchase for your gardens. Perhaps you want to take up some grass and expand your native plant garden or install a brand new one? Maybe a rain garden is on your list of projects? January is a great time to put pencil to paper and plan out your garden habitat.

Native plant pictured:
Inkberry Ilex glabra

#lakeeriestartshere #nativerootsforcleanwater

Just a reminder that all Lake County offices will be closed on Christmas Eve. Our offices will reopen at 7:30 on Monday ...
12/24/2021
Why Santa's Reindeer Are Female

Just a reminder that all Lake County offices will be closed on Christmas Eve. Our offices will reopen at 7:30 on Monday morning.

Here is a fun little Santa fact this Christmas Eve!
#hardworkingcervids #merrychristmas #HappyHolidays2021

Are Santa's reindeer female? Get the fun facts from The Old Farmer's Almanac.

Happy Winter Solstice!Today in Painesville Ohio the sun rose at 7:50 am and will set at 4:58. This shortest day of the y...
12/21/2021

Happy Winter Solstice!

Today in Painesville Ohio the sun rose at 7:50 am and will set at 4:58. This shortest day of the year is 9 hours and 8 minutes (sun rise to sun set) with visible light for only 10 hours and 11 minutes!

The solstice today and in the past has meant different things to different peoples and cultures. The beginning of winter, the birth/bringer of light, ushering in of the hard conditions of winter, the sharing of resources and the life sustaining harvests, etc.

So light a candle, drink some glogg, eat some kabocha squash and read about some global solstice celebrations in this great Readers Digest article. https://www.rd.com/list/winter-solstice-traditions/

Great opportunity to do some citizen science and maybe try out those new binoculars you bought yourself for Christmas. 😉
12/19/2021

Great opportunity to do some citizen science and maybe try out those new binoculars you bought yourself for Christmas. 😉

We’re Christmas Bird Counting (CBC) this AM at the nearby Cleveland Circle. Hoping for good birds for our efforts today in the light rain.
Do you know what a CBC is? It’s pretty much a census, counting all of the birds, like a Big Day, you can find in a defined “circle” area. Areas are assigned to leaders who turn in the data to the compiler. Our Mentor Circle is next Sunday, 12/26, and you can join us to bird around the Marsh, too! Let Becky know! Rdonaldson @ cmnh dot org or message me here on the Marsh FB page.
For more information on CBCs: https://www.audubon.org/answers-your-top-questions-about-christmas-bird-count
Carolina Wren, Mentor Marsh State Nature Preserve, 12/8/21
Photo credit: Nan Patrick

With the snowy season upon us be sure to use the right S.A.L.T.!Stuff - Road salt (sodium chloride) only worksabove 15。F...
12/08/2021

With the snowy season upon us be sure to use the right S.A.L.T.!

Stuff - Road salt (sodium chloride) only works
above 15。F. For colder temperatures use
sand for added traction, or switch to an
ice melting product designed to work at
colder temperatures.

Amount - Spreading more salt does not improve
deicing. One 12 ounce coffee cup full of
salt is enough to cover 250 square feet or
about 10 sidewalk squares. There should
be about 3 inches between salt granules.

Location - Be sure to sweep up any excess salt.
Salt only belongs on your sidewalk and
driveway and never on your lawn, flower
beds or at the base of trees. One place
salt doesn’t belong is in streams. One
teaspoon of salt permanently pollutes 5
gallons of water.

Time - Salt works best when it is applied before
the snow falls or right after snow is
removed from your driveway or sidewalk.
Never apply salt when rain is in the
forecast, as it will wash away.

With the first heavy snow of the year be sure to use the right S.A.L.T.!

Stuff - Road salt (sodium chloride) only works
above 15。F. For colder temperatures use
sand for added traction, or switch to an
ice melting product designed to work at
colder temperatures.

Amount - Spreading more salt does not improve
deicing. One 12 ounce coffee cup full of
salt is enough to cover 250 square feet or
about 10 sidewalk squares. There should
be about 3 inches between salt granules.

Location - Be sure to sweep up any excess salt.
Salt only belongs on your sidewalk and
driveway and never on your lawn, flower
beds or at the base of trees. One place
salt doesn’t belong is in streams. One
teaspoon of salt permanently pollutes 5
gallons of water.

Time - Salt works best when it is applied before
the snow falls or right after snow is
removed from your driveway or sidewalk.
Never apply salt when rain is in the
forecast, as it will wash away.

Address

105 Main St
Painesville, OH
44077

Opening Hours

Monday 7:30am - 4pm
Tuesday 7:30am - 4pm
Wednesday 7:30am - 4pm
Thursday 7:30am - 4pm
Friday 7:30am - 4pm

Telephone

(440) 350-2730

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Yesterday, Northeast Ohio Master Rain Gardener volunteers installed a new 500sqft rain garden at Eastlake City Hall. Approximately 25,000 gallons of stormwater will be captured and treated every year by this rain garden, which will help keep the Chagrin River and Lake Erie clean. Special thanks to Lake County, OH: Stormwater Management Department, City of Eastlake, Lake County Soil and Water Conservation District (Ohio), and Parks Tree Service for helping to make this rain garden possible!
There have been two sightings of spotted lanternflies in eastern Cuyahoga County. This invasive insect is capable of decimating orchards, vineyards and sugarbushes, since grapes, fruit trees and maples are some of their preferred trees to feed on. If you find a spotted lanternfly in any of its life stages, kill first, then report it. They don't sting or bite, nor are they poisonous, so you can squish without fear. Lake County Soil and Water Conservation District (Ohio)
Thanks to Biohabitats for bringing environmental nonprofits together for a great conversation. We are excited to bring all the great insights and ideas that were shared into our partnerships for healthy streams and Lake Erie! Big Creek Connects, Bluestone Heights, Cuyahoga River Restoration, Cuyahoga Soil & Water Conservation District, Doan Brook Watershed Partnership, Euclid Creek Watershed Program, Erie Soil and Water Conservation District, Friends of Old Woman Creek, Friends of the Crooked River, Lake County Soil and Water Conservation District (Ohio), Mill Creek Watershed Partnership, Rocky River Watershed Council, Tinker's Creek Watershed Partners, Ohio Nature Conservancy, West Creek Conservancy, Institute for Conservation Leadership
🌳 Want to fill your backyard habitat with native plants? 🌳 Check out the Lake County Soil and Water Conservation District (Ohio) 2021 Plant Native Sale! With 31 species to choose from there is bound to be a tree, shrub or perennial that would be perfect for your yard, hedgerow or forest! To download species descriptions and an order form visit https://www.lakecountyohio.gov/swcd/Tree-Sale. Deadline is March 19!
Check out another story from NOWCorps Member Caitlin! "Another project I have been involved in is the Springbrook stream restoration in Mentor. The stream restoration began about 3 years ago and is nearly completed. I have been able to visit the construction site and see how they have transformed a narrow ditch to a meandering stream with pocket wetlands, and I learned a lot about stream restoration practices and techniques. I assisted the Lake County Soil and Water Conservation District (Ohio) team with surveying elevations along the stream bed to ensure the project was on track and everything was in accordance with the design. Seeing the project near its completion made me appreciate the huge benefit conservation groups like LSWCD can be for the Lake Erie watershed and ecosystems. I am thankful I got to be involved in this project even in a small way." #AmeriCorps, #ServeOhio, #NOWCorps, #GetThingsDone
Time for another NOWCorps Member Spotlight! Meet Caitlin: "My name is Caitlin Ormsby and I am a NOWCorps member serving as a Resource Protection Technician at Lake County Soil and Water Conservation District (Ohio). Serving at LSWCD has been an incredibly fulfilling and educational experience. I have been able to gain experience while earning my degree in natural resource conservation. I have gained experience working in the field, in the lab, with volunteers and the members of the public, and with GIS software—just to name a few! Every day I am working on different projects and learning new things. I am extremely grateful to participate in the NOWCorps program and I am very proud to be an AmeriCorps member. I am so glad that I joined the program and I look forward to what the rest of my service year will bring!" #AmeriCorps, #ServeOhio, #NOWCorps, #GetThingsDone, #MadeInAmeriCorps
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.
For those that want to cheat and look ahead to all thirty of LEAP's Native Plants of the Year, follow the link. 😁 You'll also learn about how #OhioNativePlantMonth came to be! #NativePlants Watch this page daily to learn more about each native species. Huge THANK YOU to LEAP's member organizations and agencies that have been supporting its mission for over 10 years: Big Creek Connects Bluestone Heights Chagrin River Watershed Partners, Inc. City of Akron, Water Supply Bureau City of Avon Lake City of Cleveland–Mayor’s Office of Sustainability City of Mentor City of Solon Cleveland Metroparks Cleveland Museum of Natural History Cleveland Pollinator and Native Plant Symposium Cuyahoga County Board of Health Cuyahoga Soil & Water Conservation District Preservation Parks of Delaware County Doan Brook Watershed Partnership East Cleveland Parks Association Friends of the Crooked River Geauga Park District GreenCityBlueLake Institute Hiram College, James H. Barrow Biological Field Station Holden Forests & Gardens Izaak Walton League - Headwaters Chapter Lake County Soil and Water Conservation District (Ohio) Lake Metroparks Lakeland Community College Lorain County Metro Parks Medina County Park District Mill Creek Watershed Partnership Nature Center at Shaker Lakes Ohio Nature Conservancy Ohio Division of Natural Areas and Preserves Ohio Division of Wildlife Ohio Invasive Plants Council Ohio Wetlands Association Pennsylvania Sea Grant The Pollinator Partnership Portage Park District Presque Isle State Park Stan Hywet Hall and Gardens Stark Parks Summit Metro Parks Tinker's Creek Watershed Partners The Trust for Public Land University of Pittsburgh, Pymatuning Laboratory of Ecology U.S. Environmental Protection Agency USDA/APHIS - Wildlife Services West Creek Conservancy Western Cuyahoga Audubon Society Western New York Land Conservancy Western Pennsylvania Conservancy Western Reserve Land Conservancy Wilderness Center https://www.leapbio.org/native-plants
Did you know that the Chagrin River watershed is home to four different counties? Did you also know that each county has a Soil and Water Conservation District which holds an annual tree sale? It may be winter, but now is a great time to start thinking about what to plant in the Spring! Check out the information from our partners to order your trees: Cuyahoga Soil & Water Conservation District - https://www.cuyahogaswcd.org/blog/2020/01/13/inaugural-cuyahoga-swcd-tree-sale Geauga Soil & Water Conservation District -http://geaugaswcd.com/yahoo_site_admin/assets/docs/2020TreeSaleOrder.185626.pdf Lake County Soil and Water Conservation District (Ohio) - https://www.lakecountyohio.gov/swcd/Tree-Sale Portage County Soil & Water Conservation District - http://www.portageswcd.org/tree-sale Pictured: Bald Cypress (Taxodium distichum), CRWP
We got to visit the rain garden of one of Northeast Ohio's first Master Rain Gardeners today! Al Barnes did an amazing job with his garden as you can see from these pictures. He received his shirt and sign and can now boast about his Master Rain Gardener status 😊 His wife was also very impressed. During our visit, she said “I couldn’t be happier with the results. The rain garden fixed a big problem in our yard, and it looks beautiful too!” Great job, Al! The Master Rain Gardener program is supported by Lake County Soil and Water Conservation District (Ohio), Lake Metroparks, Holden Forests & Gardens, Lake County, OH: Stormwater Management Department , Cleveland Foundation, and Cuyahoga Soil & Water Conservation District. For more information about the program, visit crwp.org/index.php/projects/mrg
I am looking to purchase elderberry plants. Do you have them?