ENVIRONMENTAL & SUSTAINABLITY

Natural Lawn Workshop

This workshop will focus on using less chemicals around the outside of home such as your yards, gardens. Topics of discussion will be alternatives to yard fertilizers, natural ways to improve your gardens yields. We will also look at problem areas on your property that can be converted into a wildflower garden, rain garden, or a buffer area. These ideas and more will be presented to attendees for their own use. Our staff can provide alternate suggestions on a case by case issue. Copies of the Power point will be available.

Soil Testing Workshop   

Workshop instructs residents on the benefits of testing your soil and how to take a correct soil sample. When you apply fertilizer as needed it reduces the chance for nutrient loading in waterways and can put more money in your pocket. Our soils are filled with a mass diversity of life and if we treat our soil right they can provide us with many benefits other than its looks. We will have soil testing packets to take with you as well as additional information on selecting fertilizers.

Rain Barrel Workshop

Covers basic information about rain barrels. We will go over the five main watersheds in Stark County and give the attendees a chance to see which watershed they are located in. The main portion of the workshop will be going over the construction, uses, safety, maintenance, and benefits of having a rain barrel. At the end of the presentation attendees will be able to purchase a rain barrel including a diverter kit and parts. Copies of the Power point will be available.

Stream Side Maintenance Workshop  

The workshop instructs residents on the benefits of testing your soil and how to take a correct soil sample. When you apply fertilizer as needed it reduces the chance for nutrient loading in waterways and can put more money in your pocket. Our soils are filled with a mass diversity of life and if we treat our soil right they can provide us with many benefits other than its looks. We will have soil testing packets to take with you as well as additional information on selecting fertilizers.

Homeowners Seasonal Prep Workshop

This workshop will help people get ready for the upcoming season. Each program will depend on the time of year and be gauged to the next season. For example, the current workshop is working to educate homeowners on how they can prepare their property for winter by aerating their lawns and removing rain barrels form their down spouts. During the workshop we will cover a multitude of different way that people can prepare the lawns and gardens as well as other areas for the upcoming season whether that be spring, summer, fall or winter.

Enviroscapes Workshop

The EnviroScapes portable model vividly demonstrate water pollution concepts and their prevention. EnviroScapes effectively communicates our shared responsibility
for the environment to people of all ages, languages and cultures. The model and presentation create a sense of understanding through experience and hands-on demonstration. Along with our presentation the Workshop will include information on local stream in our communities

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Stark SWCD is taking the following precautions: Staff members are working 8:00am-4:30pm and are available by email or phone . They are working in the office, conducting site inspections, or telecommuting, but are postponing duties that require travel and gatherings.

 

Stark Soil & Water

Ohio Drainage Laws

 

Drainage is defined in the Ohio Revised Code (ORC 6117.01) as the flows from rainfall or otherwise produced by, or resulting from, the elements, stormwater discharges and releases or migrations of waters from properties, accumulations, flows, and overflows of water, including accelerated flows and runoffs, flooding and threats of flooding of properties and structures, and other surface and subsurface drainage. 

 

Ohio laws governing water rights are complex. Most drainage complaints involve private property and are managed as civil matters. No county or township agency has the authority to maintain or improve storm drainage facilities across an individual's property. At this time, the authority to issue orders or resolve conflicts over water rights or drainage problems between neighbors lies with the common pleas court.

 

Stark Soil and Water Conservation District is not a regulatory agency in this matter; therefore, we do not have the legal authority to make requests of property owners. Stark Soil & Water can provide guidance on drainage issues for individual landowners. The District will not mediate conflicts between neighboring landowners.

The County does not administer storm drainage facilities for private properties outside of the petition process which requires a bond with filing and property tax assessments to benefiting properties. The county petition ditch process provides a mechanism for landowners to cooperate with the Stark County Commissioners to solve drainage problems.