Euclid Creek Blog

Finding Alternatives to Rock Salt for De-icing around the Home: The Chloride-based De-icer Blues

Posted on 02/06/18 by Jared in Educational Outreach

This blog post started out as an attempt to list more environmentally-friendly de-icing products. Since Cuyahoga SWCD started making a serious effort to point out the dangerous impacts of rock salt and other chloride-based de-icers on water quality and aquatic life, we've been getting a lot of questions about what environmentally-friendly alternatives are available. Up until now, our... read more

Precious Waters, or not

Posted on 01/30/18 by Janine in Educational Outreach

Backyard flooding (photo courtesy Warren SWCD)

Thankfully we have an abundant water supply in Cleveland. But as precious as water is, too much water is not a good thing, especially at this time of year when the ground is saturated, and the water must go somewhere where it is usually not wanted. Once Spring breezes in, the SWCD office phones will be ringing with calls... read more

On the Road to Clean Water

Posted on 01/23/18 by Amy in Educational Outreach

One teaspoon of salt permanently damages 5 gallons of water!!

Cuyahoga SWCD works with 50 communities in Cuyahoga County to keep them in compliance under their EPA stormwater permit. We provide a comprehensive education and involvement program to bring awareness to stormwater pollution and simple actions for resident to part of the solution. Each year, we have a theme for our outreach – this year is On the Road... read more

Service with a Smile

Posted on 01/16/18 by Jacki in Educational Outreach

Rain Garden Install

We often think of community service as a way to give back to our communities and service learning as a way to teach students about civic responsibilities. While these definitions are not incorrect, they don't really capture the personal fullfillment and education that an individual can gain when they get a chance to try on some job duties,... read more

Erosion Controls vs. Sediment Controls

Posted on 01/09/18 by Brent in Storm Water Services

Erosion Control Matting.  Intended to minimize the impact of rain drops on bare soil.

Erosion: is the process of wind, water, or other natural agents gradually wearing down soil, rock, or land. Sedimentation: is the process of settling or deposition of those eroded particles. The National Pollution Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) regulates the discharge of stormwater to waterbodies within urbanized areas. The importance of regulating these discharges stems from the pollution that rainfall... read more