Credit: Katie Swartz In Northwest Ohio, we are very fortunate to have such a dedicated Outdoors Editor, Steve Pollick, who continues to highlight our local rivers and streams as well as the fish, wildlife, and communities that depend on them. Just befo… Read more »
Katie works to engage communities to improve river health by advocating for better stormwater management.
Katie joined American Rivers in 2007. Prior to that, Katie spent several years teaching earth science in Maryland and working as a GIS technician for Lucas County, Ohio. In graduate school, Katie focused on watershed management and geographic information systems in the Western Lake Erie Basin.
B.S. in Secondary Education from The Ohio University, and M.A. in Geography from University of ToledoMaumee River
Blog Posts By This Author
It’s that season again, the rainy season I once spoke of in a blog back in 2009 when American Rivers was working with the City of Toledo, New England Rain Barrel Company, and Rain Garden Initiative of Toledo – Lucas County offering rain barrels at a re… Read more »
This week in Toledo, Ohio, I testified before the City Council urging the city to take a hard look at its long term plan to control sewer overflows – an obvious problem for clean water and river health. American Rivers is playing a lead role to e… Read more »
Facelift? Facelift equals street-scale green infrastructure retrofit. This story is just one of many like it, but it sure is good. Over three years ago, the City of Toledo’s Division of Environmental Services along with Tetra Tech and American… Read more »
On July 22nd, American Rivers and Midwest Environmental Advocates will host a free hands-on workshop addressing local regulations and policies that can be changed to reduce runoff and improve the overall health of our rivers and streams. This worksho… Read more »
Yes, it is that time of year again when the weather starts to warm and we wait for our plants to grow. So, while we are patiently waiting for some form of life to appear from the ground, we should start thinking about installing our rain barrel. I… Read more »
Back in June, I wrote about permeable pavement in cooler climates. At that time, permeable pavement was still a fairly new idea in Northwest Ohio and I think it took some time to digest as a real alternative in stormwater management. Over the past tw… Read more »
Last week, the Rain Garden Initiative of Toledo – Lucas County put on a two-day Rain Garden Workshop & Training instructed by Rusty Schmidt, a Landscape Ecologist with the Washington County Soil and Water Conservation District, Minneapolis, Minne… Read more »
Next week, I have the pleasure of traveling with local officials from Northwest Ohio to the cities of Chicago and Milwaukee to learn about their green infrastructure programs and policies. This two-day tour will highlight both buildings and landscapes… Read more »