Our mission is to protect the water resources of Lake County and to enhance quality of life through effective stormwater management. LCSMD DOES NOT PERFORM EMERGENCY RESPONSE
In case of a stormwater related emergency, call local authorities or your road service department.
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Hazardous Waste Collection is this weekend! Get ready!
The last chance to clean out the house, Hazardous Waste Collection is October 3, 8am-3pm. All items must be placed in the trunk area of the vehicle. Details at http://bit.ly/Lake2020.
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 ...
Fairport Harbor Lakefront Park
Ohio Department of Natural Resources
Erie Soil and Water Conservation District
What doesn't belong in this picture? Anyone? Anyone? We'll give you a hint...🥤🍁🍃🚬🩹🛍
This #outfall (you may think of it as a #stormdrain) is the end of a pipe that empties water right into our local #streams and then into #LakeErie. The water that flows through these outfalls is ➡️not treated⬅️ before it reaches the lake. As you can see from the picture, the outfall can only hold so much...
YOU have a greater impact on outfalls than you think. By making small changes, you can help keep these outfalls clear and our streams and Lake Erie #clean.
✅ Pick up your grass clippings and leaves (these clog drains and input way too many nutrients into the water...*cough* algal blooms *cough*).
✅ Pick up trash and litter (even the smaller pieces like bottle caps). Pick it up even if it's not your litter!
Great news about the wood duck boxes that were installed last year from the Mentor Marsh Nature Preserve and City of Mentor Staff. It seems that all 4 of the wood duck boxes that are accessible had at least attempts by wood ducks. One box had 10 eggs in it on 6/15/20, and the female is likely incubating. These boxes were constructed with material donated to the Lake DU Chapter by local suppliers, constructed by volunteer, Tony Umek and donated to
the Mentor Marsh "coalition" to be installed as habitat. (photo credit and report courtesy of Mentor City staff)
Plastic Free July has arrived. It's an opportunity to test your ability to make small changes that can have a big impact in the fight against plastic pollution. Click below for tips and thoughts from our CEO, Julie Andersen.
Who monitors Great Lakes water levels? How the heck is it done? Check out this #ThrowbackThursday article!
Come check out our mermaid on display in Fairport Harbor! #LoveYourLakeErie #PlasticPollution #LCSMD
Fairport Harbor Tourism Council’s 2020 Mermaid Out of Water Outdoor Art Exhibit. July 1st thru September 19th. Stroll through the Village of Fairport Harbor and enjoy Mermaid works of art. These beauties are a sight to behold! #mermaidoutofwater #fairportharbor #outdoorart #iwanttobeamermaid #remarkablelakecountyoh #lakecountyalive #lifeisbetterinabeachtown #lakeerieohio #lakerieliving #visitohio #mermaidlife #rockthelakecle #clevelandscene #daycation #northeastohio #lakecountyohio
England-based artist Helen Ahpornsiri (previously) presses delicate flowers and plants into wondrous artworks that depict the colorful diversity of the natural world. By foraging botanics from her garden, Ahpornsiri pieces the dried natural matter together in a manner that's similar to constructing
Remember to throw used masks and gloves in the trash, not on the ground!
The spread of the novel coronavirus has changed nearly everything about our daily lives and introduced challenges throughout our public systems.
Idling harms the environment by releasing harmful emissions (nitrogen oxides, volatile organic compounds, fine particulate matter, carbon monoxide, and carbon dioxide) into the air. Learn more about the impacts of idling https://bit.ly/36eZnKD #IdleFreeCLE
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
Did you know? The Groundwater Foundation offers free step-by-step aquifer kit walkthroughs on their YouTube channel!
You can teach your children about #groundwater and how an aquifer works here:
105 Main St Painesville, OH 44077
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!