We love working with students and discussing stormwater and stormwater pollution with them! Special thanks to Willoughby Eastlake School of Innovation students for making us some great videos! The Willoughby-Eastlake School of Innovation
Spring and Summer in 22 seconds! In this animation, eight common species of frogs (including a toad!) give their calls through the season. Wood frog, boreal chorus frog, spring peeper, northern leopard frog, American toad, Gray treefrog, green frog, and bullfrog. See if you can identify each species as it joins the chorus.
Let's remember to put trash where it belongs. Any food wrappers, drink bottles, cigarettes, plastic gloves or face masks thrown on the ground will wash to Lake Erie with stormwater. Can you help keep Lake Erie clean? #LoveYourLakeErie
Do you have household hazardous waste to dispose of? Take it to the collection day at the Fairgrounds! Remember to never dump wastes into a storm sewer or onto the ground.
Hazardous Waste Collection, June 6, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.,
Lake County Fairgrounds, 1301 Mentor Ave., enter this entrance only.
All items must be in the trunk area of the vehicle or in a trailer or will not be accepted. Full details at http://bit.ly/Lake2020
Brush and Leaf Drop-Off Schedule The brush, leaf and yard waste drop off site will open on Wednesday April 1, 2020 and will begin regular hours on that day. The regular hours are Wednesdays from 7:30am until 3:00pm and on Saturdays from 10:00am until 2:00pm. The annual curbside brush collection will...
This is a hot mess. This is what happens when you volcano mulch trees (and probably left the burlap on when planted). The roots grow around the tree and into the mulch girdling the trunk of the tree and other roots, cutting off oxygen and nutrients to the tree. Roots should grow down and out in the top 12 inches of soil.
Guaranteed this tree's family landscaper will be by soon to cover it with a big ole fresh volcano of mulch and make it worse.
Want to help? Go to this site, watch the video and join the root flare army.
🚨Reminder TV Collection canceled🚨 TV/CRT Monitor Collection this Saturday, May 9, is canceled. The revised schedule is below. Police will monitor this area for illegal dumping. TV Collection is on August 15.
Even with all that was collected, I can only imagine how much litter made it’s way to Lake Erie with stormwater. #LoveYourLakeErie
All major work within the Grand River has been completed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Buffalo District of the Harpersfield Dam Sea Lamprey Barrier project located on the Grand River, in the town of Geneva, Ohio, with funding through the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative and the non-federal partners, April 17, 2020.
In partnership with the Great Lakes Fishery Commission, Ashtabula County Metro Parks, and Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Buffalo District has completed construction of a 326 ft solid concrete sea lamprey barrier that replaced the old hollow core dam structure within the Harpersfield Covered Bridge Park.
First Three Lake County Special Collections Canceled
Due to current social distancing restrictions, the Lake County Solid Waste District has canceled three of the county’s special collection events—the Electronics Collection scheduled for April 25th, the Scrap Tire Collection scheduled for May 2nd, and the Television/CRT Monitor Collection scheduled for May 9th. See the REVISED schedule at: https://bit.ly/2020SpecialCollectionRevApr14
📣 ATTENTION 📣 Both dumpsters are currently filled and needed emptied by Republic. We will reopen Monday afternoon with an addition dumpster for bulk items (3 all together). Thank you for your patience.
As the next step in our restoration process at Mentor Marsh, we aerially seeded by helicopter 70 acres in the southeast corner of the Marsh yesterday morning. The 280-pound mix of 13 species included Greater Bur-reed, Blue Vervain, Swamp Milkweed, Blue Flag Iris, Marsh Hibiscus, Seedbox, bulrush and a variety of native sedges. These species were selected due their historic presence in the Marsh.
Keep following for more information on the restoration as it progresses!
Mentor Marsh State Nature Preserve, 4/6/20
Video credit: Becky Donaldson
Be on the lookout for invasive garlic mustard, and please pull it if you see it! Here's how to pull it properly. For a positive ID before pulling, just email me a picture at [email protected]. Thanks! -Land Steward Jen Safick
In case you didn't know April is Ohio Native Plant Month. To celebrate these natural treasures we will be highlighting a different species everyday through the month.
Often appearing at the edge of woodlands or along stream banks, this small to medium-sized tree is one of the first to flower each spring and also provides stunning fall color. The sweet red-purple berries in June attract many species of birds. Serviceberry is a great tree for landscapes and can be utilized as a native alternative to the invasive calley pear (Pyrus calleryana).
Landfill Update: With the current “Stay at Home” orders, unnecessary drop-offs by residential customers to the Lake County Landfill are discouraged at this time. Please keep all bulky or special wastes until your hauler resumes collection services, if the service has been suspended. Also, as of April 6th haulers may will require all waste and recyclables to be inside their respective containers, and will not accept waste outside of containers. Check your hauler’s website for further details or changes. Landfill questions, call 440-350-2644. These changes are necessary to keep our entire community clean and safe
The USGS Stream Gauge at Daniel's Park in Willoughby recorded a peak water level of 13.04 feet and a discharge of 12,300 cubic feet per second at 8AM on Sunday March 29th! That is a lot of water! Check out the information here: https://waterdata.usgs.gov/oh/nwis/uv?site_no=04209000
Did you experience any yard flooding this weekend? Share your photos in the comments and check out the homeowner section on our website (www.crwp.org) for tips on how to manage stormwater at home!
Planning a new garden for spring? Consider a rain garden. Plant water-loving plants to soak up stormwater and absorb pollutants. #LoveYourLakeErie
On Sunday March 22ND, 2020, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine issued a “Stay at Home” Order.
To ensure the safety of both our customers and our employees, the Lake County Building Inspection Department is requesting that all submittals (building packets and individual permits) be made either digitally or via mail service. In addition, there is a drop of / pick up box downstairs in the lobby for submissions and applications. We are requesting that you only use the drop off / pick up option as a last resort. Drop off / pick up hours are from 9:00am – 2:pm.
Until further notice the office window will be closed. We are requesting that all customers call in advance before coming to pick up permits and/or plans to receive specific instruction.
Our department will continue doing inspections with the exception of any occupied residences or businesses unless it is an emergency as we are trying to limit contact with the public. With regard to inspections, we are encouraging everyone to call as early as possible to schedule an appointment. We will only be taking calls to schedule inspections from 8:00am – 2:00pm. Our department is committed to serving the public but without putting the health of our staff or the public at risk. Due to potential staffing shortages, we cannot guarantee next day inspection availability. During inspections we are requesting that everyone practice the social distancing guidelines set by the CDC. Our inspectors reserve the right to cancel or leave an inspection if they feel for any reason their health safety may be at risk.
We know that this is not the ideal situation, and there may be delays; but we feel the safety of everyone is of the utmost importance. We appreciate everyone’s patience and understanding during this uncertain time.
For Commercial Digital Submittals please email the office for information. [email protected]
Following is general information from the Lake County Health District:
The best prevention against COVID-19 and other infectious disease remains to:
· Wash your hands often
· Stay home when you’re not feeling well, or have a cough, fever, or other illness
· Cover coughs and sneezes, and avoid touching your face
· Disinfect frequently touched surfaces often
· Practice social distancing. Maintain a six-foot radius between yourself and others.
If you are feeling ill, and have signs of fever or respiratory illness, please contact your healthcare provider first before going to any healthcare facility. Please also consider using telemedicine options that may be available to you. Testing is available via healthcare providers only, and may be limited to those exhibiting severe illness. Lake County General Health District does not provide COVID-19 testing.
If you have any questions please call our main line before attempting to drop off any information
Tissues and paper towels DO NOT break down in water like toilet paper 🧻. Tissues and paper towels may clog private laterals and sewer lines and could cause backups. Place tissues and paper towels in the trash if you need to use them.
Did you know that stormwater is not treated at a wastewater treatment plant? Anything that enters a storm drain or ditch at the side of the road flows directly to our rivers and Lake Erie, untreated! Love your Lake Erie!
Salt sensibly! Just one heaping coffee mug of salt covers 250 square feet or 10 sidewalk squares.
LAKE ERIE – NIAGARA RIVER ICE BOOM:
Ice Boom to be Removed
Buffalo, New York – Preparations are underway for the removal of the Lake Erie – Niagara River Ice Boom.
Due to above freezing temperatures for much of this winter season, no notable ice cover formed on Lake Erie for the 2019-2020 ice season. On February 27, 2020 the water temperature near the ice boom was 1.1°C (34°F). Considering the lack of ice cover on Lake Erie and the absence of ice in the Maid-of-the-Mist Pool below Niagara Falls, preparations are underway for the removal of the Lake Erie – Niagara River Ice Boom.
If weather allows for safe working conditions, crews from the New York Power Authority will begin opening the boom’s 22 spans on Monday March 2, 2020. Additional information may be found on the Board’s web site at: https://www.ijc.org/en/nbc/watershed/ice-boom. Last year, the boom opening began on April 22. The latest date for the start of the boom opening was May 3, 1971, while the earliest start date was February 28, 2012.
The ice boom is owned and operated by the New York Power Authority and Ontario Power Generation. The use of the boom is authorized by the International Joint Commission with its International Niagara Board of Control overseeing the installation, operation and removal.
Each winter since 1964, the Lake Erie-Niagara River Ice Boom has been installed near the outlet of Lake Erie to reduce the amount of ice entering the Niagara River. A reduction of ice entering the river reduces the potential for ice jams, which can result in damage to shoreline property and significantly reduce water flow for hydro-electric power production.
Pollution from stormwater is one of the main threats to our lakes and rivers. Therefore, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) implemented a two-phased stormwater management program to improve water quality. Many of the communities within Lake County are required to implement a stormwater management program. This program helps eliminate and reduce pollutants in stormwater entering the storm sewers and ditches in your community. The Lake County Stormwater Management Department (LCSMD) assists communities with regulatory compliance of their program.
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Have you ever seen this in your yard or neighborhood? Did you think it was spilled motor oil or fuel? This oil-like sheen is actually not the result of stormwater pollution. The sheen is from naturally-occurring bacteria that feed off iron in the soil. To determine if pollution is present, poke the sheen with a stick. If it breaks into clumps, it's from iron bacteria. If the sheen goes back together, pollution is present.
Bioretention at work at the Lake County Administration Building! The plants, soil and mulch help absorb Stormwater and remove Stormwater pollutants. That means less pollution in Lake Erie! #stormwater #bioretention #lcsmd
Check out biofiltration at work in Painesville City!