When the oozing Cuyahoga River caught fire in 1969, it may not have even made the “Top 10” list of Cleveland river fires—and few realized it was actually the 13th time a fire had been documented. The fire became the punchline of jokes and a lasting symbol of environmental neglect, both in Cleveland and across the country. Over the last five decades, the river’s ongoing resurrection is a testament to the work that brought it back to life, and a reminder of how easily it can be taken for granted.
Do you know of an exceptional American Beech tree on your property or in your neighborhood that you would like to nominate for this contest?
District Calendar of Events
Bio-Med Lower Academy Receives Storm Water Grant
Bio-Med Lower Academy presented their grant proposal to the PC Commissioners on December 3rd at their Shalersville site. Tabatha England is the educator working with this student-led proposal. Bio-Med students will design and build a rain garden just off the main entrance to their school. Adding rain barrels to this storm water collection and storage system will also provide a water source for the raised beds that will be added to the front of the building as part of this grant. A pavilion and hoop house added to the rear of the school will provide further opportunities for cross-curricular integrated studies and outdoor learning.
Diversified Perennial Agriculture
We work with farmers of all sorts to implement conservation practices on their farms. Perennial crops in particular are fantastic for soil and water conservation. This farm is home to blueberries bushes and chestnut trees. Come in October to collect your own chestnuts at Wintergreen Tree Farm!
James A. Garfield Wildlife Path
This path is part of an ongoing project funded through the Stormwater Education Grant that includes the installation of a rain garden, wildlife habitat improvement and interpretive signs.
Site Visits and Consultation
Here at Portage Soil & Water we offer a range of free environmental consulting services for matters such as drainage concerns, pond management/installation, property evaluation, and more.
Waterloo Nature Path
This path leads to multiple locations and habitats that provide rich and diverse learning opportunities for the students at Waterloo Schools. This project was funded through the Stormwater Education Grant made possible by the Portage County Stormwater District.
The Portage SWCD is an independent division of the Ohio Department of Agriculture, and is funded by state taxpayer monies, the Portage County Storm Water District, and the Portage County Commissioners. We are here to serve you!