Jump on the Green Infrastructure train!

On Saturday, June 9, 2018 #GREENISGOOD Youngstown will host a Green Infrastructure (GI) tour of Youngstown.  This is a great opportunity to see first hand what GI is all about!! Tourists will capture a glimpse of small scale projects (i.e. rain gardens) to larger projects (i.e. parking lot pavers) that pack a punch in storm water management!

Green Is Good Youngstown

Our friends at Fresh Coast Capital and The Colony Youngstown are teaming up to green the City of Youngstown with workshops focused on educating residents about nature and its role it plays in managing storm water.Green infrastructure includes practices designed to promote infiltration, filtration and/or water storage from impervious surface runoff. The initial workshops will be held at the following days and locations:

  • Thursday, March 8th , 5:30pm-7:00pm at Greater Friendship Missionary Baptist Church
  • Friday, March 9th, 10:00am-11:30am at the Michael Kusalaba Library
  • Saturday, March 10, 9:00am-10:30am at Choffin Career and Technical Center. 
Visit the Youngstown Green Infrastructure Facebook Page for more information and updates on how the City is greening itself!

Working Together- YES WE CAN!

As snow melt turns into storm water flow, this video shares one collaborative example that can be applied to all watershed landscapes.  

Soils and Fertility workshops

The Mahoning County Ohio State University Extension office and the Mahoning County Farm Bureau will be hosting a workshop focusing on maintaining your gardens and landscapes with understanding what your soil needs and does not need.  Join OSU Extension to begin your journey of understanding soil and fertility while safeguarding water quality and the environment!

You have choices! The workshop will be held on two separate days, October 10th and October 11th. Contact the OSU Extension office at (330) 533-5538 for more information!  

A Great Ending for a Yellow Creek Watershed Project

Project collaborators pictured (from left the right): Mr. Dave Purins, Principal at Poland Middle School/McKinley Elementary; Mr. John Woolard, Stormwater Administrator for the Mahoning County Engineer's Office; Mayor Tim Sicafuse, Poland Village Mayor; Mr. Dave Janofa, Superintendent of Poland Local School District; Mr. Ryan Tekac, Director of Environmental Health at the Mahoning County District Board of Health; Ms. Lisa Iberis, Assistant Principal at Poland Middle School/McKinley Elementary; Ms. Stephanie Dyer, Environmental Program Manager at Eastgate; Ms. Joanne Wollet, Poland Township Trustee; and Ms. Elinor Zedaker, Chairwoman of the Poland Municipal Forest Board. 

The Yellow Creek Watershed Stormwater Education Sign project, "You are Here: A Snapshot of the Yellow Creek Watershed", ended on Tuesday, September 5th, 2017 with the unveiling of a sign at Poland Village Hall.  The last and final sign for the project was held off until Tuesday to bring the project full circle to Village Hall where the stormwater education conversation began.  Yellow Creek was flowing steadily in the background, as Eastgate's Stephanie Dyer thanked everyone for the tremendous amount of time and effort spent collaborating with Eastgate and one another. A special thanks to collaborator Mill Creek MetroParks for designing the permanent sign design as well as to Poland High School's Multimedia Production Teacher, Mr. Patrick Williams, and McKinley Middle School's Science Teacher, Mr. Ken Cullar for their participation/involvement in the project! This project will help present and future Yellow Creek residents and students understand stormwater and the changing dynamics of Yellow Creek and its surrounding land uses.

What is your Sign?

A sign can have many meanings today.  Signs direct our travels, tell us what we need to do, or advertise something we need, while others like astrological signs, describe who we are or what personality type we are.  What happens when a person comes across a sign is really up to them.

Stormwater Sign in Yellow Creek Park

The Urban Stormwater effect

When it rains, it pours and we have all been affected by the pouring effect of stormwater.  The following diagram illustrates the stormwater cycle in a natural environment:

 Now compare that to the diagram of an urban stormwater cycle:

For the remainder of this post, let's focus on the percentage difference of runoff in each diagram. Whether we realize it or not, we have modified the nature's cycle.  There are many factors adding to the "pouring" effect of rainfall trends.  Factors such as impervious surfaces (driveways, parking lots), developing within floodplains or along side a stream channel, removing streamside vegetation, stream channelization (the straightening of a stream), or enclosing a stream within a pipe all have negative impacts on landowners and water quality.  However, this does not have to be a dooms day sentence for property owners or community officials! There are many things YOU and your communities can do to lessen the impact of stormwater:
  • Embrace riparian setbacks;
  • Encourage  green infrastructure stormwater measures;
  • Establish a rain garden;
  • If you live adjacent to a stream establish a no mow area;
  • Keep your streets free of excess nutrients (grass clippings, leaves, fertilizers) by sweeping up after your yard work.  (check out Franklin Soil and Water's "Get Grassy" program for more yard tips).
 Explore AWARE's blogsite and our members materials, under "Partnering Agency Projects" or "Publications", for more information about how you can personally lighten the load.

Remember, everything rainfall touches is carried into a nearby stream.  Oil, sediment, trash, fertilizer, animal waste are all pushed directly into a near by stream or into the stormdrain system that transports stormwater INTO a nearby stream!