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Lead exposed: A public crisis comes home

Marc Lefkowitz  |  09/02/16 @ 12:00pm  |  Posted in Home renovation

If Flint, Michigan's lead poisoning crisis cracked the nation’s eyes open to what being exposed to a pervasive toxin means, public officials could see it coming. Lead exposure has been unfolding across America, particularly in its urban centers, for decades. While Lead had a lot of advantages for manufacturers—paint makers liked it because it sped drying and increased durability—health experts had...

<br />Lead paint peeling and exposed on a house in Cleveland. Image: GCBL.

Physics of traffic jams explained

Marc Lefkowitz  |  08/31/16 @ 3:45pm  |  Posted in Transportation choices

It’s rush hour and the street is about to fill up with traffic again, frustrating all the people who expect to make it home on time. You think, if not for all these cars, this commute could take half the time. (Not to mention save Americans 3.1 billion gallons of fuel and 400 hours of personal time that we could...

Transportation space explained<br />Three modes of transportation and the space they require on the same stretch of road. 17,600 pedestrians or 14,400 cyclists versus just 4,400 motorists can move through the same space in one hour. Image: Eric Sanderson, Terra Nova.

Back to nature: 10 best examples of ecological restoration in NEO

Marc Lefkowitz  |  08/29/16 @ 1:00pm  |  Posted in Connecting to nature, Shaping the land

Cities are healthier as a whole when nature is invited in. So we are not just protecting parklands and high-quality natural areas. We are rebuilding cities in Northeast Ohio by reweaving nature into the urban landscape—restoring nature’s capacity to provide beauty, cooling, water retention and filtration, quiet, air purification and many other ecological functions.

Mentor Marsh<br />After the phragmites were beaten back, native butterfly bush was able to to be planted in the emergent marsh. Image: Becky Donaldson, Mentor Marsh Nature Center.Shaker Lakes<br />Volunteers plant a wetland. Photo: The Nature Center at Shaker Lakes. Redline Greenway<br />Plans for restoration and recreation in the RTA Redline corridor. Image: LAND Studio.Wildwood Park<br />Volunteers plant a bioswale. Image: Friends of Euclid Creek.Morley Road restoration<br />A riverbed restoration in Lake County. Image: BiohabitatsScranton Flats<br />Wildflowers in bloom along the Cuyahoga River. Image: Canalway Partners.Watershed Stewardship Center at West Creek<br />The new visitor center at Cleveland Metroparks West Creek Reservation is a place for everyone to learn about stormwater issues and the care of water resources. Image: GCBL.Cleveland Lakefront Nature Preserve<br />A nature studies class hikes the Cleveland Lakefront Nature Preserve, formerly Dike 14. Image: GCBL.Beachwood City Park<br />Land that was set aside for the Rapid was turned into a nature park. Image: City of Beachwood.Acacia Reservation<br />Restoration of the former Acacia Country Club golf course as an eco park is slated to include a part of the Euclid Creek (seen here). Image: Biohabitats.
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Local guides to green and healthy landscaping

Marc Lefkowitz  |  08/18/16 @ 1:00pm  |  Posted in Home landscaping

We all want a yard that's healthy for our families, wildlife, and the larger environment.

<br />The McGuan residence in Shaker Heights has been nicely landscaped with rain gardens. Images: Austin McGuan.<br /><br />

Ten water saving tips to try at home

Marc Lefkowitz  |  08/15/16 @ 3:00pm  |  Posted in Water, Home

We are fortunate to be on a Great Lake and have an abundant supply of fresh water. But there are still good reasons to conserve.

<br />Lake Erie. Image: David Beach.

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We're at the shore of Lake Erie, but we still have good reasons to conserve

10 best ecological restoration

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Cities are healthier as a whole when nature is invited in.

Eco-friendly landscapes

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We look inside two local guides to native landscaping and their benefits.