Each year we have an outreach theme and 2017 focuses on waste that comes off the land and into our waterways. Everyone lives in a watershed, and in Cuyahoga County everyone lives in the Lake Erie watershd. Because of this watershed connection, our activities at home, at school, at work and throughout the community directly impact not only Lake Erie, but also our local waterways. This year we will focus on the reduction of stormwater pollution from pet waste, human waste (Home Sewage Treatment System/Illicit Discharge), Household Hazardous Waste, Yard Waste and Commercial Waste (e.g., restaurant grease).
What? You don’t have a rain barrel yet? We can help you with that! For the past ten years, Cuyahoga SWCD has been holding Rain Barrel workshops througout the county. We have sold over 4,000 rain barrels for people to hook up to their downspouts to collect rain and save it for use on a sunny day.
A rain barrel is a container used to collect and store rainwater that would otherwise be lost to runoff and likely diverted to a storm drain. Collected rainwater may then be used to water lawns and gardens. At a workshop, the instructor explains the importance of rain barrels in curbing stormwater pollution and it is a hands-on workshop where attendees build their own barrels to take home to use in their lawns and gardens. Check out our Rain Barrel page for more information and a list of Rain Barrel workshops.
Calling all HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS
The 2017 Area 2 Envirothon will be held on Wednesday, May 3rd at the Buffalo Creek Retreat, 8708 Hubbard Valley Road – Seville, OH. This year, the Envirothon is hosted by Medina and Summit Soil and Water Conservation Districts.
The Envirothon is a national, academic, outdoor competition for high school students, which is designed to stimulate, reinforce and enhance interest in the environment and natural resources. The Envirothon tests students’ knowledge of natural resources in five categories: Soils, Wildlife, Forestry, Aquatics, and Current Environmental Issues. ive Area Envirothons are conducted around Ohio each Spring. The top four teams from each of these Area competitions progress to the Ohio Envirothon in June. This state level contest is held in a different part of Ohio each year. The top-scoring team in the Ohio Envirothon is eligible to compete in the National Envirothon, hosted by a different state each year.
For more information or to register for the Area 2 Envirothon, visit the Envirothon page on our website.
RAIN, DRAINS AND YOU
Pollution Control for a Healthy Orange Village
Where does our water go?
All the water we use inside our homes goes directly to the septic system or to a sanitary sewer system and then to a wastewater treatment plant where it is cleaned and released back into our creeks, streams and lakes cleaner than when it started.What about all the water outside of our homes such as the rainwater that falls on our roofs, lawns, driveways, roads, streets, roadside ditches and parking lots? Where does this water go? It is not always easy to tell where this “STORMWATER” goes after it gets to the gutter, storm drain, street or ditch. The stormwater flows from these places to our creeks, streams, and lakes, BUT IS NOT CLEANED before it gets there.
The rainwater from our roofs, gutters, lawns, driveways, parking lots, roads, and roadside ditches picks up trash and pollution. This pollution includes oil and antifreeze that drips from our cars, excess fertilizer and pesticides from our lawns, litter, grass clippings, leaves, and pet waste. Once pollution is picked up by the rainwater it moves through gutters, storm sewers and ditches to our creeks, streams, and lakes where it can cause health and safety problems for us and the living things in them.
Because we live on or near Lake Erie, and most of Northeast Ohio’s rainwater flows from creeks and streams to the Lake, we not only affect the health our creeks, but the health of our Lake, its beaches, and our drinking water supply.
Rainwater from roofs, lawns, driveways, streets, roadside ditches and parking lots in Orange Village drain to small creeks that flow into the Chagrin River and then to Lake Erie. This rainwater has a direct impact on some of our greatest assets in this area, the Chagrin River and Lake Erie.
Orange Village is working to make sure that creeks and streams running through our community are clean and free of pollutants to help keep them, the Chagrin River and Lake Erie watershed a healthy place for our use and enjoyment.But there are many ways you can help keep our water clean, save money, and prevent problems. It is important that we work together to keep our creeks and streams healthy.