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Going Green Project

The Chagrin River Watershed Partners, Inc., Cleveland Metroparks, and the Emerald Necklace Chapter of Trout Unlimited are partnering through a US Fish and Wildlife Service grant on the restoration of a part of Sulphur Springs in the Cleveland Metroparks’ South Chagrin Reservation.

The project has two goals:
  • Create a healthy, protected home for the rare Ohio brook trout and other animals that need high quality coldwater streams.
  • Teach residents of the Sulphur Springs watershed about the special nature of their watershed and how they can help protect this unique resource.

Did you know…
  • Parts of Orange Village, Moreland hills, Solon, and Bentleyville are in the Sulphur Springs watershed.
  • Sulphur Springs flows into the Chagrin River at the Miles Road Bridge and eventually makes its way to Lake Erie.
  • Sulphur Springs is a coldwater habitat stream, which means it maintains cool temperatures from the flow of groundwater into the stream.
  • Coldwater habitat streams are also known as “trout streams” because they hve the cold, clear water that trout need to survive.
  • The Chagrin River watershed has about 20 miles of coldwater habitat streams, which the most of any river in Ohio.
  • Healthy coldwater habitat streams are unique, high quality streams and need special management to preserve them.

Help Keep Stormwater out of Sulphur Springs!

What can I do to help? You can help by managing the water that falls on your property in a way that cools the water down and lets it soak into the ground. Simple steps like:
  • Planting a tree in your yard
  • Using natural landscaping with the native species
  • Disconnecting your downspout and installing storm water control measures like rain barrels and rain gardens
  • Directing lawn sprinklers away from paved areas
Slow it down, spread it out, soak it in!

Disconnect that Downspout: Stormwater Control Measures

A roof downspout can deliver 12 gallons of stormwater a minute to the storm sewer in a 1-inch rain. Reduce the amount of stormwater runoff that ends up in our streams by redirecting downspout flow to rain gardens or rain barrels.

Rain Gardens…
  • Are shallow, landscaped depressions with deep-rooted native plants.
  • Intercept water and allow it to infiltrate into the ground.
  • Provide stormwater control and natural habitat for birds and butterflies, and can be an attractive and useful landscaping feature.

Rain Barrels…
  • Intercept water from your roof and store it for future use.
  • Can be used for watering landscaping or lawns with free water that contains no chlorine, lime, or calcium.
  • Decrease the impact of stormwater runoff to streams.

Want to plant a rain garden? Interested in installing a rain barrel? Need a list of native species?

Christina Znidarsic, Watershed Coordinator
Chagrin River Watershed Partners, Inc.
(440) 975-3870 or

Jennifer Greiser, Senior Natural Resource Manager
Cleveland Metroparks
(440) 331-8679 or

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