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Green Cuyahoga and tie it together

Marc Lefkowitz  |  04/23/19 @ 10:45am  |  Posted in Land, Water

Trees are the centerpiece of Cuyahoga County’s new plan to rejuvenate a county that is at a crossroad. Adding a couple of strategic goals, and using County resources to do it, would make an already good idea even better.

Doan Brook flooding<br />Too much pavement causes Doan Brook to routinely flood and blow out pipes which costs a lot of money to fixMorgana Run<br />Converting an old railway into a trail in Cleveland, Slavic Village is an example of reuse that spurred more development.Bike to School Day<br />Lots of kids bike to school in Bay Village.Green Corridor<br />Warrensville Center Road is a piece in the Eastside Greenway waiting to be built with the right incentives and push from the Executive level.

With Northeast Ohio's biodiversity at stake, regional parks and naturalists find their voice

Marc Lefkowitz  |  02/15/19 @ 3:00pm  |  Posted in Climate, Land, Water, Plants & animals, Shaping the land

They have been gathering for years to advocate for nature in Northeast Ohio. They are park rangers, wetlands biologists, wildlife specialists, and conservationists getting their hands dirty on a daily basis in natural areas. Increasingly, they have become the voice for nature in a region that has lost many acres of forests and wetlands to unplanned development.

<br />Images courtesy of LEAP<br /><br /><br />

Erie shaped over time, by friends and foes

Marc Lefkowitz  |  11/08/18 @ 4:15pm  |  Posted in Clean water, Water

Because it is shallow and warm, Erie is the most biologically diverse of the Great Lakes. 15,000 years ago, the lake formed as retreating mile-high glaciers scoured the land. Only 24 feet from the hard limestone in the western basin, but shale in the east basin is more pliable and went down 210 feet. Arguably, Lake Erie’s next geological event of...

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How much plastic is in Lake Erie and who's to blame

Marc Lefkowitz  |  08/17/18 @ 10:00am  |  Posted in Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Clean water, Water

Plastic is no longer something we throw away, Dr. Sherri Mason, co-principal investigator on a landmark study that found micro plastics, pieces small enough to not see with the naked eye, in significant quantities in Lake Erie, told a Cleveland City Club audience this week.

<br />Lake Erie
Image: David Beach

We are all Lake Erie

Marc Lefkowitz  |  08/02/18 @ 11:00am  |  Posted in Climate, Water, Shaping the land

A recent exchange with a colleague about the health of Lake Erie ended in something of a stalemate. We both shared concerns about water quality and environmental degradation and how the lake, our drinking water supply, will be affected by harmful algae blooms, climate change-induced weather, and the creation of artificial reefs off the coast of Cleveland from the soil...

Wild and pristine<br />At its best, as in this view at Mentor Headlands State Park, Lake Erie appears clean and clear and awesome as an ocean. Place of contemplation<br />The sun sets to the northwest  over Lake Erie in the summer.Armored shoreline<br />The Lake Erie coastal zone is a dynamic place where one person's shoreline protection can undermine a neighbor's property.Off limits<br />Northeast Ohioans might have a stronger connection to Lake Erie if public access were not so limited.  Toxic algae returns<br />Algal blooms were thought to be part of Lake Erie's polluted past, but a huge outbreak of the green scum covering much of the western and central basins of the lake in October 2011 was an indication that over-enrichment of nutrients from runoff is still a problem.  (NASA satellite image)
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