Barberton: Responding to Rising Waters

The City of Barberton has a long history of flooding; more than 100 years. Barberton sits at a convergence point where Mud Run, Hudson Run and Wolf Creek all flow into the Tuscarawas River. Mayor William Judge called the city "the punchbowl of Summit County." And he's right. Residents deal with flooding nearly every summer [...]

Amateur Paddlers Present Unnecessary Danger to River Recreation

Heavy rains this Summer left much of the Cuyahoga River swollen and many surrounding communities flooded. At least fifteen people were rescued in Kent alone. This led the local fire department to issue a warning to potential kayakers against paddling in high waters. John Kobak is with the Keelhaulers Canoe Club, an organization that teaches [...]

Your local watershed

During my time in this environmental investigations class I learned a number of new things such as the growth of wildlife in the river, the river's powerful history and even how our local sewers impact the health and quality of our waterways. One of the things that my not-so-science-brained self learned this semester was that [...]

Meet Lisa Meranti: One of the Many Watershed Stewards in Northeast Ohio

Lisa Meranti likes to say, "Spread the message downstream." She's been with the Cleveland Metroparks for a more than three years as the Watershed Stewardship Program coordinator. The stewardship program is a type of citizen science — it combines education programs about the watershed along learning how to reach out to the community and get [...]