Moreland Hills is located in the Chagrin River watershed which is part of the Lake Erie watershed. A watershed is an area or ridge of land that feeds all the water running under it and draining off of it into different rivers, lakes or seas. Many residents in our village use Lake Erie as their drinking water supply. We need to keep our watershed healthy and productive, because it keeps us healthy and productive.
The first step in storm water management is understanding where all the water we use every day ends up. Water from inside our home's plumbing system goes directly into the sewer system and then to a treatment plant where it is cleaned and released into our streams and rivers. Homeowner septic systems perform this task in the absence of a sewer system. Water that we use in our yards and driveways seeps into the ground and finds its way into storm sewers or streams.
Stormwater is rain or melting snow and ice that flows across land surfaces to the nearest storm sewer, ditch, stream or lake. As it travels along, stormwater collects dirt and pollutants such as litter, debris oils, pesticides fertilizers and pet waste. The initial pulse of stormwater from a rain storm contains the greatest volume of water and highest level of pollutants and goes directly to our watershed without the benefit of a treatment plant. This pulse is often referred to as the "first flush.” Homeowners can avoid contributing pollutants to this first flush by eliminating pesticides, using organic fertilizers, avoid dumping phosphate contaminated water (such as car washing cleaners) over hillsides and by removing pet waste from lawns and public hiking trails.
Learn more about what you can do to manage stormwater and decrease pollution from the Chagrin River Watershed Partners, www.crwp.org. Their website provides detailed information about using rain barrels, disconnecting downspouts, managing backyard streams, and landscaping practices, such as rain gardens and tree and shrub planting. They will do on-site consultations free of charge to help homeowners with flooding and storm water management, stream bank or hillside erosion, wetland verification, and pond maintenance. They can be reached at 440-975-3870.
The Village is currently working with the Cuyahoga Soil and Water Conservation District to educate our residents about stormwater management. Their stormwater education theme for 2017 is Lake Erie-Don't Waste It!
Visit their site for quarterly conservation tips, stormwater education, programs and events, and resources at:
The following events hosted by the Cuyahoga Soil and Water Conservation District are available to all Moreland Hills residents. These are great opportunities for homeowners, students, teachers, and anyone who wants to be a part of conservation.
Native Seed Sale - Ongoing throughout the year http://www.cuyahogaswcd.org/programs/native-seed-sale
You can help combat stormwater pollution by shrinking your lawn! Planting native plants can improve the curb appeal of a home, boost its resale value, all while protecting our environment with their long root systems which hold in soil, slow stormwater runoff and provide vital food and habitat for birds, insect pollinators and many other species.
Latino Earth Partnership – June 26-30 http://www.cuyahogaswcd.org/events/2017/06/26/latino-earth-partnership-teachers-workshop
Join us for a 5-day workshop held throughout the school year using the outdoors as an educational tool to learn about native ecosystems and how you can transform your schoolyard into a learning lab all while improving the health of Ohio’s waterways.
Wet and Wild in the Park – June 19-21 http://www.cuyahogaswcd.org/events/2017/06/19/wild-wild-aquatic-and-growing-up-wild-in-the-park
Project Wild, Growing up Wild, Project Wet, Project Wild Aquatic (K-12) and Wonders of Wetlands, are tested innovative curriculum, teaching ecology, wildlife and water resource principles that are correlated to the Ohio Academic Standards. Participants of this workshop will engage in co-operative, hands-on activities and simulations. Upon completing the training, participants will receive the comprehensive Project Wild, Growing Up Wild, *Project Wet, Project Aquatic Wild, and Wonders of Wetlands Curriculum and Activity Guides as well as other resource material, and leave prepared and inspired to teach about ecology, wildlife, and water in the classroom or informal educational setting.
The Cuyahoga Soil and Water Conservation District is hosting a 2017 Poster Contest. The contest is for Cuyahoga County students Kindergarten through 12th grade and the theme is “Healthy Soils Are Full of Life.” Submissions are due to the Cuyahoga Soil and Water Conservation District’s office by May 26, 2017. First place posters in each grade band level will be forwarded onto a state contest and finally state winners advance to the national contest where the winners are recognized at the National Association of Conservation District (NACD) Annual Meeting.
Linking art and creative thinking with science, the poster contest provides K-12th grade students the chance to develop and share their thoughts and ideas about natural resource issues. Students are encouraged to use the poster to creatively express their ideas on how conservation improves the environment. Teachers may use this contest to correlate with National Visual Arts standards for all grades and it’s a great way for teachers to instill in their students an appreciation for the environment and an awareness of the need to protect our soil resources.
Topics students may want to research include: what is soil, where do soils come from, what are soils made up of, what lives in soils, soil erosion, soil conservation and your food, why are soils important, soils and human health, food from soils to your spoon, gardening and edible landscaping. The 2017 poster contest is sponsored by the Cuyahoga Soil and Water Conservation District, the National Association of Conservation Districts and the NACD Auxiliary. The Cuyahoga Soil and Water Conservation District’s mission is to promote the conservation of land and aquatic resources in a developed environment through stewardship initiatives, education programs, and technical assistance.
Click here for the entry form and flier.