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 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
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 2018 is On the Road to Clean Water
Visit their site
for quarterly conservation tips, stormwater education, programs
and events, and resources at: http://www.cuyahogaswcd.org/programs and http://cuyahogaswcd.org/programs/stormwater-education
Against the Creek
Dumping anything other than water down the storm
drain or in the creek isn’t just a bad idea, it’s ILLEGAL.
In areas with separate sewers, storm drains and storm
sewers flow directly to local creeks and Lake Erie. In older areas with
combined sewers, storm sewers often flow directly to wastewater treatment
plants, where pollutants can upset the water treatment process.
Many common household and automotive wastes are highly toxic
in the aquatic ecosystem. These wastes kill fish and amphibians and
drastically alter water chemistry. The most common substances that are
dumped illegally in storm drains and creeks are: paint, automotive fluids,
concrete washout, lawn chemicals, and cooking oils.
In April 2012, illegal dumping of a metal plating chemical
down a storm drain (which flows to the river) killed 31,000 fish along 3 miles
of the East Branch of the Rocky River in Cuyahoga County!
IF YOU WITNESS
ILLEGAL DUMPING, PLEASE REPORT IT TO THE SERVICE DEPARTMENT 440.248.1188.
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
CUYAHOGA SWCD EVENTS:
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
Native Seed Sale – all year Cuyahoga SWCD is selling 6 different packets of native seeds.
Shrink your lawn with native plants. http://www.cuyahogaswcd.org/programs/native-seed-sale
Workshop – March 1st Join us to learn the secrets and supplies of successful seed
Pond Clinic –
March 22nd The pond clinic is intended for anyone interested in learning how
to manage their home pond to create a beautiful landscape feature that
adds value to their property. http://www.cuyahogaswcd.org/events/2018/03/22/orange-village-pond-clinic
– April 26th (registration due March 23rd) Cuyahoga and Portage SWCD are hosting the Envirothon
competition this year. The Envirothon is a national, academic, outdoor competition
for high school students, which is designed to stimulate, reinforce
and enhance interest in the environment and natural resources. http://www.cuyahogaswcd.org/programs/envirothon
Ambassadors Training – April 14th (registration due April 6th)
Habitat Ambassadors are volunteers trained by the National Wildlife
Federation to educate their community about the importance of wildlife
Camp Canopy – June 10-15
(scholarship applications due April 10th)
Cuyahoga SWCD provides annual scholarships to Camp Canopy. Scholarships are awarded to Cuyahoga
County high school students who are sincerely interested in
conservation issues and enjoy a good walk in the woods.
Poster Contest – due May 25th The poster contest is designed for K – 12 students to
instill an appreciation for the environment and the need to protect our
soil and water resources. The 2018
theme is “Watersheds: Our Water, Our Home.” http://www.cuyahogaswcd.org/events/2018/05/25/annual-conservation-poster-contest-deadline