- Lake County, OH: Stormwater Management Department
Stormwater management for our member communities in Lake County, OH
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Just something fun for October 1st
No better way to celebrate the end of summer like a day at the beach or a picnic in the park! Don’t forget to take all your trash with you when you leave!
Did you know that washing your car on your driveway can cause stormwater pollution?
How to wash your car and help keep our waterways clean:
• Use soap sparingly, or use an environmentally friendly soap.
• Use a hose nozzle with a trigger to save water.
• Pour your bucket of soapy water down the sink or toilet when you're done, not in the street.
• Or wash your car on a grassy area so the ground can filter the wash water naturally.
• Best of all, take your car to a commercial car wash, especially if you plan to clean the engine or the bottom of your car. Most car washes re-use wash water several times before sending it to the sewer system for treatment.
Can’t wait to see this in action some time!
Research shows more than 22 million pounds of plastic pollution end up in the Great Lakes every year.
Do you have a business that performs snow removal and salting? Then this FREE workshop on September 8th is for you! Register at https://SensibleSaltingEAST.eventbrite.com
In late Summer and Fall 2023, portions of the Chagrin River and the East Branch of the Chagrin River at Daniels Park (Willoughby, OH) will be closed to the public as river corridor restoration activities are undertaken to improve the health of the river.
The restoration project is being led by Chagrin River Watershed Partners in coordination with the City of Willoughby and funded through an H2Ohio grant from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources. Dam remnants will be removed from the Chagrin River, eroding riverbanks will be stabilized along the Chagrin River south of Johnnycake Ridge Road, and the East Branch of the Chagrin River will be restored to a more stable configuration to reduce erosion and sedimentation south of Johnnycake Ridge Road. Wetland habitat will be created in the former channel of the East Branch to create habitat for spawning fish, waterfowl, and native plant species. Upon completion, the project will improve the health of the Chagrin River, reduce sediment and nutrient pollution to Lake Erie, improve fish habitat for salmonid species such as steelhead, increase safe and public access to the river, and enhance connections to other protected areas in the Chagrin River corridor.
Community members can expect Daniels Park to remain open throughout the course of the project, but areas along the Chagrin River will be temporarily fenced off during construction to maintain safety for all park visitors. During active construction, public access to the Chagrin River channel will be restricted in certain areas; signage will be posted. Access to the Chagrin River for fishing and other activities will resume after construction is complete.
For more information about this project, visit: https://h2.ohio.gov/project-to-protect-chagrin-river-made-possible-by-h2ohio/
NOTE: If you need captions, please click the CC button on the player to turn them on.Nutrient pollution, which occurs from an excess of nitrogen and phosphor...
We are so excited about the upcoming Family Fishing Day! CRWP is partnering with Doan Brook Watershed Partnership to get the local community involved in greenspaces and teach kids how to fish. We need your help! We are currently in need of volunteers to assist with rigging the kids’ fishing rods (experience helpful but not necessary) and volunteers on the day of the event.
Details for rigging fishing rods: https://forms.gle/DrSidqWQ5fa3dWh79
Details for the day of the event: https://forms.gle/mfG8r9KP4V5HXdBPA
Email [email protected] with any questions!
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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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
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
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