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Water underground

Go with the flow<br />A rain garden slows stormwater from flooding in Cleveland Capturing runoff<br />A rain garden captures rainwater flowing off a parking lot at Baldwin Wallace University, allowing the water to seep into the ground rather than running into storm sewers.Act natural<br />The Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District will use green infrastructure (engineered and natural methods) to absorb stormwater Greener stay<br />Courtyard at Marriott in Cleveland got a grant from the regional sewer district to install an underground cistern and permeable pavers.Water distribution<br />More than two-thirds of the Earth's freshwater is locked up in glaciers and ice caps, and nearly all the rest is groundwater.

Groundwater is not separate from the water in our lakes and streams. All waters are connected, flowing from one place to another, seeking the same water table. 

Once water enters the ground, however, we tend to think of it as something different—not part of living ecosystems but a resource to drill and pump and use. And it is indeed an essential resource. Nearly half of Ohioans depend on groundwater for drinking, and many businesses depend on it for their operations. 

But more attention should be paid to how this underground water is connected to life above ground. This page of the website will develop information to promote such understanding. Send your ideas here


Once in a lifetime, water flowing underground
Into the blue again, into silent water
Under the rocks and stones, there is water underground
Letting the days go by, into silent water
Once in a lifetime, water flowing underground
Same as it ever was, same as it ever was, same as it ever was...
— Talking Heads, "Once in a Lifetime"

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