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
CONSERVATION TIP: Click here to read Proper Disposal of Yard Waste information
Visit their site for more quarterly conservation tips, stormwater education, programs and events, and resources at: http://cuyahogaswcd.org/programs/lake-erie-dont-waste-it
Crimes Against the Creek
Dumping anything other
than water down the storm drain or in the creek isn’t just a bad idea, it’s
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. Visit www.cuyahogaswcd.org
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.