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Special Workshop Event Tuesday, August 19, 2014 6 - 8 p.m. Twinsburg City Hall Chambers

SOIL HEALTH THROUGH THE SEASONS - how to care for a chemical-free lawn, keep your soil healthy, and protect the environment.

 To see the flyer please click here.

The recent surge of long-awaited warm weather has brought some of us back to a long-lost, yet oh so
familiar place… our yard! In the weeks ahead we will joyfully watch spring bring our yard back to
life. This sacred space surrounding our home hopefully brings feelings of comfort, relaxation,
pride, and security. Whether we are lounging with a book in the hammock, playing ball with our
children, enjoying a cookout with friends, or tending to a flowerbed, our lawn is an essential
space to our family and an extension of our home. We love our lawns! Oh, those great swaths of
luxuriant green! We love them so much, in fact, that today the United States is covered with
approximately 30 million acres of turf, making grass a bigger agricultural crop than corn and
soybeans combined. And our love of green brings in the green, as lawn care is now a lucrative
multimillion dollar industry.

The green is here indeed! Since the average size of a home lawn is 1/3 of an acre, all of that
yearly mowing, blowing, watering, weeding, and fertilizing require resources and create
consequences. Since the post-war era, the notion of the perfect lawn became an integral part of our
suburbia status and thousands of new chemicals, including synthetic lawn care products, entered our
stores, our homes, our yards, and inadvertently, our waterways. Over the last 50 years the amount
of nitrogen and phosphorus entering our waters has escalated dramatically and nutrient pollution is
becoming one of America’s costliest and most challenging environmental problems. This pollution now
threatens our drinking water, our fishing and tourism industries, our property values, our
freshwater habitats, and our health. Recent large scale algal blooms fed by the increased presence
of nutrients have reached unprecedented numbers in Lake Erie and nearby waterways. Though these
harmful algal blooms are the cumulative effect of many different sources, we cannot overlook the 80
million tons of synthetic lawn fertilizers Americans apply each year to our beloved lawns.

From the Ground Up: Building Healthy Soil
The good news is that we can have both - healthy, green lawns and clean, blue water! This year the
Geauga Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) is enabling homeowners to break their addictions
to lawn care chemicals starting from the ground up. Through educational opportunities and
resources, the District is promoting soil health through natural lawn care and helping residents
evaluate their old habits, access the needs of their lawn, and apply newly-learned natural lawn
care practices that build organic matter, improve soil health, and create a self-sustaining,
low-maintenance lawn.

By collaborating with our storm water partners, Good Nature Organic Lawn Care, and other SWCDs and
agencies, Geauga SWCD has already hosted one soil health workshop and another regional event is in
the works for this fall.  These workshops provide an overview of soil health and management, along
with ways to implement a natural lawn care system. Topics include soil tests, grass types, organic
fertilizers, proper mowing and watering techniques, and ways to control weeds and pests. Free soil
testing kits and resources are provided to participants with assistance from the ODNR Division of
Soil and Water Resources Healthy Soils Mini-Grant.

Start with a Soil Test
An easy and essential first step to any lawn care program is to test your soil. Just like us, soil
needs adequate food, air, and water to function properly and stay healthy. Soil should be
considered a living, dynamic body and only healthy soil can produce healthy plants. Anything done
to the yard or plants that does not consider the needs of the soil is simply a waste
of time and can often cause more harm than good. In fact, many synthetic fertilizers and pesticides
actually destroy the beneficial organisms in a lawn’s ecosystem. Organic lawn care focuses instead
on soil management techniques by building up the nutrients, organisms, and life in the soil over
time. These long term results ultimately improve the quality of the soil, increase its ability to
hold water and nutrients, and reduce yard maintenance and the money and resources needed for such
maintenance - like fuel, water, products, and time.  If you
haven’t already, contact your SWCD or Ohio State University Extension office to obtain a soil
testing kit. Test results will provide solid, scientific, and reliable guidance for improving your soil and
greening your lawn. Now is the time to make a difference… beginning in your own backyard!
Keeping Your Yard Green and
Our Water Clean!

The County of Summit Department of Community and Economic Development receives funding from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency to assist low to moderate income homeowners in replacing failing septic systems. For complete program qualifications, please read the fact sheet, application, and required documents.

HSTS Application

Required Documents


   Wet and Wild in The Parkswet and wild in the park 2014pdf

July 8-9, 2014


Project Wild/Project Aquatic/Project Wet Workshop

Two Days on The Wild Project Wild and Project Wet and Project Aquatic (K-12) are tested, innovative, curriculum teaching ecology, wildlife and water resource principles that are correlated to the Ohio Academic Standards.

Click here for more information and the application form.

Support for this workshop comes from ODNR, Summit Soil & Water Conservation District, and the City of Cuyahoga Falls. 

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Sandi Barbic Summit Soil & Water Conservation District

Please register by June 27, 2014 - limited to 25 participants


Summit County Health Department willl be spraying for mosquitoes beginning at 8:30pm on Thursday, June 5th and continue until completed.  In the event of bad weather, the spray schedule may be modified.  An updated schedule will be available by noon on the following day by calling (330) 926-5667.

The spray schedule can also be viewed on the Summit County Public Health's (SCPH) website at http://www.scphoh.org

Recall Date: May 21, 2014

Recall Number: 14-187

Nest Labs Recalls to Repair Nest Protect Smoke + CO Alarms Due to Failure to Sound Alert

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Consumers should stop using this product unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.

Recall Summary

Name of Product: Nest Protect: Smoke + CO Alarm

Hazard: Activity near the product during a fire can prevent the alarm from immediately sounding when the Nest Wave feature is enabled.

Remedy: Refund, Repair

Consumer Contact: Nest Labs at (800) 249-4280 anytime or online at www.nest.com and click on Nest Protect Safety Notice for more information.

Recall Details

Units: About 440,000

Description: This recall includes all Nest Protect Smoke + CO alarms. The alarms are made of black or white plastic and are about 5.25 inches square with rounded corners and about 1.5 inches deep. The word “nest” is on a large button on the face of the alarm. Consumers can enable the alarms to be controlled by a computer or a smartphone over a wireless network. The alarms have a Nest Wave feature, which allows users to temporarily silence some alerts or cancel a manual test by vigorously waving an arm near the unit that triggered the alarm. Nest Protect Smoke + CO alarms came from the factory with the Nest Wave feature enabled and with the slider button in the “On” position in Nest Protect Settings.

Incidents/Injuries: Nest Labs has received no reports of incidents, injuries or property damage.

Remedy: The repair is an automatic electronic update that disables the Nest Wave feature and is delivered automatically to devices connected wirelessly to the Internet and linked to a Nest account. Consumers should take one of the following actions:

Consumers who have not connected their Nest Protect devices to their wireless network and linked them to a Nest account should immediately do so. The devices will automatically receive the update that disables the Nest Wave feature. Customers should confirm that their devices have been updated by going to Nest Sense on their Nest account mobile or web application and ensuring that the button for Nest Wave is off and grayed out. Instructions on how to connect to a network and disable the feature are available at http://support.nest.com/article/Nest-Protect-Safety or by contacting Nest Labs.

Consumers whose Nest Protect devices are connected to their wireless network and linked to a Nest account should immediately confirm the receipt of an automatic repair that disabled the Nest Wave feature by going to Nest Sense on their Nest account mobile or web application and ensuring that the button for Nest Wave is set to “off” and grayed out. No further action is required and consumers can continue to use their devices. 

Consumers who cannot or do not wish to connect their devices to a wireless network to have the Nest Wave feature disabled should contact Nest Labs for a full refund.

Sold at: Best Buy, Home Depot and other retailers nationwide, and online at nest.com, amazon.com, bestbuy.com and homedepot.com from November 15, 2013 to April 3, 2014 for about $130.

Importer and Distributor: Nest Labs Inc. of Palo Alto, Calif.

Manufactured in: China.



The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is still interested in receiving incident or injury reports that are either directly related to a product recall or involve a different hazard with the same product. Please tell us about your experience with the product on SaferProducts.gov.


Media Contact

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Spanish: (301) 504-7800


CPSC Consumer Information Hotline

Contact us at this toll-free number if you have questions about a recall:

800-638-2772 (TTY 301-595-7054)

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Call to get product safety and other agency information and to report unsafe products.


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Highway, Bethesda, MD 20814  Toll-free hotline: (800) 638-2772.

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