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Baker Creek-West Branch Rocky River Watershed Plan Public Input Meeting

Baker Creek-West Branch Rocky River Watershed Plan Public Input Meeting

When: June 27 from 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Where: North Olmsted Branch of the Cuyahoga County Public Library, 27403 Lorain Rd. North Olmsted, OH 44070 map this

Public input is needed to help develop a watershed plan for the “Baker Creek-West Branch Rocky River” subwatershed. A watershed plan is a comprehensive plan for achieving water resource goals for a geographically defined watershed. This subwatershed covers approximately 26 square miles and includes portions of North Olmsted, Olmsted Township, Olmsted Falls, Berea, Strongsville, Columbia Township, Brunswick, and Brunswick Hills Township. Streams in this watershed include Baker Creek, Blodgett Creek, Busby Ditch and other streams that drain to Rocky River and then eventually to Lake Erie. Ohio EPA characterizes this subwatershed as 73 percent developed. Non-point source pollution challenges include stream sedimentation / siltation, habitat alterations, stream ditching or channelizing, and other flow regime alterations stemming from high levels of impervious cover such as roads, driveways, and rooftops. Development of this plan is being led by Cuyahoga Soil and Water Conservation District, in partnership with Rocky River Watershed Council.

We are seeking input on the following:

  • Eroding sections of streams
  • Areas for improved management of stormwater and flooding
  • Areas to protect for public greenspace and wildlife habitat

Anyone can provide feedback by attending an open house or by contacting Jaimie Johnson.

Open houses are from 6:30pm to 8:00pm with a short presentation at 7:00pm.

Thursday, June 27th, 2019

North Olmsted Branch Library - 27403 Lorain Rd., North Olmsted, OH 44070

Please RSVP by calling Jaimie Johnson at 216-524-6580 x1004 or emailing jljohnson@cuyahogaswcd.org

As part of the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency’s nonpoint source pollution control program, plans are being developed at the subwatershed level. These plans are called nine-element nonpoint source implementation strategy plans (NPS-IS Plans). Projects addressing erosion and water quality concerns need to be included in these plans to be eligible for some sources of federal funding such as grants awarded under the Clean Water Act and the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative. Major benefits of creating NPS-IS plans include 1) improved planning for watershed restoration and protection, 2) building consensus by collecting and analyzing data and information together, 3) identifying the most needed projects, and 4) developing grant-eligible projects with the components necessary for the greatest long-term benefits.

More info about the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency’s Nonpoint Source Pollution Control Program is available here: https://epa.ohio.gov/dsw/nps/index. This page includes a list of all subwatersheds that currently have plans.

For more information, contact:

Jared Bartley

Rocky River Watershed Program Manager

Cuyahoga Soil and Water Conservation District

jbartley@cuyahogaswcd.org

216-524-6580 x1003

cuyahogaswcd.org

Jaimie Johnson

Watershed Coordinator

Cuyahoga Soil and Water Conservation District

jljohnson@cuyahogaswcd.org

216-524-6580 x1004

cuyahogaswcd.org

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