2019 Portage County Conservation Photo Contest

This year we are launching our first ever county-wide conservation photo contest! The contest will be open to all  Portage County Residents and will include four categories: Conservation Practices, Close-up Conservation, Conservation in Action, and Agriculture and Conservation Across America. There will be two age divisions that will be judged separately: Youth - 18 years and under, and Adult - 19 years and older.

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Plastics in Our Water: The Perils of Plastic Pollution

Dr. Sherri Mason’s groundbreaking research on microbead plastic contaminants in the Great Lakes has led governments and manufacturers around the world to ban microbeads, small plastics that are a major pollutant in our water. While ending the use of microbeads is an important first step, much more needs to be done to protect our health and environment from “The Perils of Plastic”.

Join us for this community event, free and open to all!
Door prizes will be awarded in the spirit of reducing single-use plastics in our community.

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5th Annual Edith Chase Symposium: Legacy & Lessons from the Cuyahoga River

In Kent on June 7, 2019, this program will open sixteen days of commemorations across the North Coast, of the 50th Anniversary of the fire near the mouth of the Cuyahoga River. The Symposium will include poetry contributions from across the region, recognition of local environmental projects accomplished by community groups and individuals, and an evening lecture given my James White, former executive director of the Cuyahoga River Community Planning Organization when the Remedial Action Plan and Director of Sustainable Infrastructure Programs of the Cleveland Cuyahoga Port Authority.

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Rain Barrel Workshop

Join us for our rain barrel workshop in the City of Streetsboro!

“Rain barrels help slow the flow of runoff from roofs and other impervious surfaces by storing it for later watering purposes or for release during times when the ground is not saturated. By capturing this water and releasing it when it is not raining the amount of water directly entering local streams through runoff can be greatly reduced.“

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2019 BIG TREE CONTEST: BIG BEECH

The 2019 Big Tree Species will be Fagus grandifolia, American Beech. The American Beech is a native tree that has a strong presence. Its large looming stature, glossy green leaves, and smooth grey bark that can be all-too-often recognized by the initials carved into it are key characteristics.

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Farm To City Day

 Enjoy a locally grown breakfast for $3 of pancakes, eggs, sausage and milk or coffee. There will be equipment and livestock display’s for you to enjoy. We will also have kid’s activities and take home crafts for the kids. Join us for a day with local farmers and some of their great products! All proceeds will benefit the Portage County Farm Bureau Impact and Scholarship Fund.

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2019 Portage County Fair

Stop by to see us in the Ag. Building across from the 4H Dairy Bar! Our SWCD employees will be available to discuss our 2019 topic, Life in the Soil, and any other  conservation topics of concern. We will also be holding a public vote for our first ever Portage County  Conservation Photo contest! Stop by to vote for your favorites!

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Cover Crops for Home Gardens

At the end of the garden season you may be ready to rest, but your soil is not. All gardens benefit from the use of cover crops, or “green manures” planted at the end of the season. Tilling, weeding, harvesting, and foot traffic tends to destroy soil structure. Planting cover crops is an easy way to revitalize the soil.

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It Oozes Rather Than Flows

    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.

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MANAGING STORMWATER ON YOUR LAND

If you are a land steward, you know that water is inevitable. Water is an amazing resource, but when not managed properly it can cause many problems, for you, your crops, or for those down stream. At this program we will explore different techniques such as rainwater catchment systems, infiltration swales on contour, keyline systems, soil health and more.

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