Trees are amazing, great for absorbing stormwater and carbon!
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Trees are amazing, great for absorbing stormwater and carbon!
Let's all try and skip the single use plastics!
More young people are taking interest in scuba diving and Great Lakes eco-dives are expected to become more popular in the coming years.
Welcome back, Muskegon ReCON buoy! After spending the winter at GLERL for cleaning and maintenance (and to avoid ice damage), this buoy is back and ready to go for 2023.
Access its data here: https://www.glerl.noaa.gov/res/recon/station-mkg.html
GLELRL's Realtime Coastal Observation Network (ReCON) consists of high-tech buoys across the Great Lakes that collect meteorological data as well as chemical, biological, and physical data below the lake surface.
Learn more at https://www.glerl.noaa.gov/metdata/
Cooperative Institute for Great Lakes Research NOAA Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research Great Lakes Observing System
For our Concord Twp. residents!
Beginning April 3rd The Service Department will be open to Residents from 7:30am-2:30pm Monday thru Friday to drop off yard waste. Residents must use the biodegradable paper yard waste bags, (NO PLASTIC ) and place the bags in the material bin at the rear of the Service Department. The dump site will be closed promptly at 2:30pm. The Yard Waste Drop Off will be open until June 5th at 2:30pm. The site will reopen in the fall.
Residents who have any questions or concerns are encouraged to contact the Service Department at 440-350-3225 or email at concordtwp.com.
Come visit us for Earth Day at Penitentiary Glen and strike a pose in our selfie booth!
With summer right around the corner, many homeowners are starting to garden and landscape around their homes. If you have a septic system, also known as a Home Sewage Treatment System (HSTS), it is important to take care to avoid damaging your system. For questions, please call: (440) 350-2543.
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EVENTS AQUA INFLATABLE TOUR Directions to Pinecrest Directions to Van Aken District Directions to Crocker Park Directions to Fairport Harbor April 6 - April 17, 2023Pinecrest, Orange Village April 20 - May 1, 2023Van Aken District, Shaker Heights May 4 - May 15, 2023Crocker Park, Westlake May 19 - M...
Did you order from the Lake County Soil and Water Conservation District Tree Sale? Don't forget to pick up your order!
Don't forget to pick up your trees! - https://mailchi.mp/0816311c90cf/dont-forget-to-pick-up-your-trees-20574925
Let's get back to native plants!
As spring is starting to warm up, you'll see more Callery pears in bloom. Though beautiful, the Callery pear has very little benefit to wildlife. The flowers only provide food to adult insects, resulting in an unbalanced food web. Plant native trees & shrubs instead to support the whole life cycle of pollinators and wildlife.
Looking to swap out your invasives? Read about our Invasive Species Buy-Back Program: https://medinaswcd.org/callery-pear/
There's so many Earth Day things to do this weekend!
Did you know grassed swales are shallow grass-covered hydraulic conveyance channels that help to slow runoff and facilitate infiltration? In general, grassed swales can be used to manage runoff from drainage areas that are less than 4 hectares (10 acres) in size, with slopes no greater than 5%. Go to https://richlandswcd.net/stormwater-drainage/ to see how you can reduce your stromwater footprint.
We can all help keep plastics out of Lake Erie! Skip the plastic bags and straws; reduce your plastic usage!
There are enough microplastic particles at the bottom of the Great Lakes that they are becoming a permanent part of the sedimentary layer, according to new research. Centuries from now geologists will find them in Great Lakes’ rocks, formed from the compression of successive layers of plastic-lace...
Shout out to Willowick Middle School for their awesome job completing storm drain stenciling in the school parking lot! We love it! Willoughby Eastlake Schools
This is a fun way to get out into our nearby streams and see how Scenic Rivers are being protected!
Don't forget to pick up after your pets!
Happy National Pet Day! 🐕❤️ As much as we love our furry friends 🐶, we do not love stepping on their p**p 💩. If not disposed of properly, pet waste flows directly into waterways 🏞, untreated. Not only does it threaten water quality 💧, but all of that bacteria poses a health risk for people 😷 and our pets too. Always remember to pick up after your pet! 🚮🤩
The sun is finally out and it’s starting to feel like spring! This can get us excited for outdoor projects like cleaning out our garden beds and getting them ready for new plants. But, wait! There are pollinators and other beneficial insects that overwinter in the dead leaves and plant stems in your garden. Removing the material too soon can put them at risk. Let them 🐝 and wait til the temperature is consistently above 50 degrees Fahrenheit. More info on spring garden cleanup can be found here: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/garden-how-to/info/when-to-start-spring-garden-cleaning.htm
Check out this great activity guide by Ohio Geological Survey to learn more about rocks in the Buckeye State! Click here to access the guide:https://ohiodnr.gov/static/documents/geology/ActivityBook_Salmons_2017.pdf
Photos from Rocky River Watershed Council's post
If you are a dog owner, taking a walk could be part of your daily routine. But did you know that leaving pet waste on the ground could harm water quality? Pet waste contains bacteria and nutrients that could make humans sick. Pet waste on the lawn is washed directly into our lakes and rivers with snow melt and stormwater. Please remember to pick up after your pets to help keep Lake County’s waterways clean!
The Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District conveys and treats wastewater for Cleveland and surrounding suburbs.
Don't forget to Scoop the P**p! Pet waste pollutes our surface waters and Lake Erie.
Take and Scoop Your Pet’s P**p!
You might think dog waste is no big deal because it’s “natural”, so it’s OK to leave it on your yard or on the trail but this is a MYTH.
Even if you aren’t directly next to a lake, river, creek, or pond rain and snow will wash pet waste, and all of the bacteria it carries, into nearby sources of freshwater untreated.
Pet waste contains nitrogen and phosphorus, which can deplete oxygen in water that fish need to breathe, as well as causes harmful algae blooms. It is also considered a significant source of disease-causing pathogens like f***l coliform.
Make sure to pick up pet waste when you walk your dog AND also from your yard. If you leave it in your yard bury it at least 12 inches deep and cover with at least 8 inches of soil to let it decompose slowly. Bury it waste in several different locations and keep it away from vegetable gardens.
Carry disposable bags and dispose of it properly by flushing down the toilet, so it can be treated at a sewage treatment plant. If you do throw it in the trash, or at a designated collection spot along a trail, make sure to wrap it carefully to avoid spillage.
Learn more athttps://cfpub.epa.gov/npstbx/files/KSMO_PetWaste.pdf
Forests are critical habitats in Ohio and beyond, but these systems are under increasing threat as a result of climate change, the invasion of nonnative species, and conversion of forests to other uses. Here we discuss how we use the Holden Arboretum's forests as living laboratories to understand how our forests are changing, and how we can promote resilient forests now and into the future.
Tune into this FREE virtual event on Thursday March 30th from 7:00-8:00pm.
Register here: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5248434521839215964
Spring Clean Up Day is just around the corner! 🌸 Sign up to volunteer at www.painesville.com/cleanup
What is Marine Debris?
Special Set-Aside Funding for USDA Wetland Reserve Easements Now Available To Ohio Landowners
Special Set-Aside Funding for USDA Wetland Reserve Easements Now Available To Ohio Landowners Farmers.gov sent this bulletin at 03/06/2023 12:54 PM EST View as a webpage / Share News Release For Immediate Release March 6, 2023 Contact Brooke Decubellis [email protected] Special Set-Aside Fu...
Hey Girl Scout Troops! This ones for you!
Girl Scout troops needed for Scenic River Tree Planting!
Girl Scout troops are needed to plant hundreds of seedlings along the Little Darby State and National Scenic River on April 29 from 9am to noon to celebrate Arbor Day. Foresters will teach volunteers how to plant seedlings along a section of the river in Madison County. After the planting, scouts will meet special guest, Smokey Bear, and learn about stream ecology. Register for this fun event by April 15 at https://mygs.girlscouts.org/event-detail?id=238-230429-as6955gstrelit.
EPA is proposing the first-ever national standard to limit PFAS in drinking water. This action is a major step to protect communities from PFAS pollution, leveraging the latest science and building on existing state efforts to limit PFAS.
This proposal would establish legally enforceable levels for six PFAS known to occur in drinking water. If finalized, the proposed regulation will require public water systems to monitor for these chemicals – and notify the public and reduce the levels of these PFAS if levels exceed proposed standards.
If finalized, this proposal would regulate PFOA and PFOS as individual contaminants, and will regulate four other PFAS – PFNA, PFHxS, PFBS, and GenX Chemicals – as a mixture.
EPA will continue to work with federal, state, territorial, and Tribal governments and drinking water systems to address PFAS in drinking water and implement solutions to reduce human health risks.
: Abundant cloud cover can make Great Lakes satellite images hard to come by in the winter. As a nice break from all the recent snow ❄️ and ice 🧊, yesterday's sunny skies over much of the basin allowed for this great MODIS shot!
Browse more Great Lakes satellite imagery: https://coastwatch.glerl.noaa.gov/modis/region_map.html
Don't forget to place your Plant Native Sale order!
For best availability place your orders before March 10!
Mark your calendars for the special collection days! Let's properly dispose of household hazardous waste!
The 2023 collection season for appliances, electronics, monitors, TVs and tires is open now until March 31, 2023. Review the 2023 Collection Calendar for more details.
We need to tell you about rare rainbows. 🌈
The natural phenomenon known as "rainbow pools" occurs under somewhat unique conditions in certain types of swamps and marshes (this is from the Great Dismal Swamp). This colorful sheen isn't pollution but is the result of natural oils being released from decaying vegetation or from bacteria breaking down iron in the soil. These factors, coupled with several days of calm, undisturbed water and just the right angle of sunlight, will result in this seldom-seen phenomenon.
If you haven't been to the Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge in Virginia, you need to stop by. Great trails AND wildlife viewing... and the occasional rainbow pool: https://www.fws.gov/refuge/great-dismal-swamp/about-us
Photo of rainbow pools at Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge in Virginia by USFWS.
Say it ain't snow!
So far this Winter has been very mild and NOT so snowy❄️. As of Feb 12th, we are between a foot and 3 feet of snowfall below average across the area. Cleveland is 2 feet below average. Erie is 3 feet below normal. Toledo is over a foot below the norm.
Photos from NOAA Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory's post
Our Great Lakes are amazing!
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