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Environmental and Animal Concerns

Please scroll down for additional information on local agencies that address concerns with environmental issues and animal concerns.

Lake County Stormwater Management: Salt Usage Winter 2015

Lake Erie needs to go on a low salt diet. Control your salt usage this winter because when the snow melts, the leftover salt eventually flows into our creeks and storm drains, ending up in Lake Erie. Salt can be very harmful to plants and organisms that grow in and near our waterways. Help keep our water clean and free of salt by following the steps below.

  • Chip and shovel away as much snow and ice as possible before applying salt products or alternative deicers.
  • Save your salt. Try to use only as much salt as you need, and store your salt properly indoors or under cover.
  • There is more than just salt. Do research into the alternative types of deicers on the market. They may perform differently at different temperatures and some are more environmentally friendly.
  • Remember to follow the manufacturer's instructions. Deicers are meant to make the shoveling process a little easier by softening the ice, not to completely melt all the snow and ice.

For more information, contact the Lake County Stormwater Management Department at 350-5900 or visit the website

Posted: March 11, 2011
This information courtesy of Mike Watson, a conservation biologist, at the Holden Arboretum.


This article provides general information on coyotes, as well as guidance on avoiding interaction with them.

Lake County General Health District
(440) 350-2543

Website offers information on:

  • Mosquito and rabies control -- including a list of trappers for nuisance animals
  • Injured or orphaned wildlife
  • Animal bites
  • Septic systems

The Lake County General Health District will remove dead wildlife from private property, if the animal has been deceased for less than 48 hours. For removal or further guidance, please call 440-350-2543. On weekends you may leave a message on their answering service. There is no removal on weekends.

For removal of animals, not addressed by the Lake County General Health District, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources maintains a list of companies and individuals licensed to perform such removal. Please see the link below for additional information. 

List of Trappers (as provided by ODNR on 12/4/14)

Ohio Department of Natural Resources

Website offers information on:

  • Wildlife
  • Licensing for fishing and hunting
  • Recreation and conservation topics 

Lake County Dog Shelter
2600 North Ridge Rd.
Painesville, OH 44077
1-800-899-LAKE Ext. 2640

  • Website offers information on licensing and adoption

Lake County Humane Society
7564 Tyler Blvd., Bldg. E
Mentor, OH 44060

  • Website offers information on adoption
Geese in Holden pond photo - copyright Dead Tree Photography