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Your Backyard Stream: An Owner's Manual

Unlike your furnace or dishwasher, you probably didn't get an Owner's Manual for the stream on your property when you bought your house. (But if you did, I'd love to see it!) Filled with general operating instructions and fixes for common problems, owner's manuals provide the operating instructions we need to keep our household appliances in good working order.

But what about our streams? How do we know how to keep them functioning properly and healthy? What can we do to fix minor streambank erosion, debris or sediment problems? What about major problems? What are some preventative measures we can take to keep these problems from developing in the first place, or from getting worse?

Fortunately, there are some basic resources available to landowners that address these very issues.

Cuyahoga SWCD and Rocky River Watershed Council are offering a series of "Your Backyard Stream: An Owner's Manual" presentations. These workshops have topics including legal rights and responsibilities of streamside property owners, basic stream function and health, and dealing with common backyard stream issues.

February 27, 6:30PM – Middleburg Heights Library

March 2, 6:30PM – Olmsted Falls Library

March 9, 6:30PM – North Royalton Library

March 24, 6:00PM – Buckeye Library

Additionally, you can check out our Watershed Management page for resources such as previous blog posts, the Life at the Water's Edge fact sheet series and our Watershed-friendly Stream Maintenance Manual for Communities.

Blog author: Jared Bartley, Senior Program Manager

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