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Stormwater Management

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 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  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: and

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 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!


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.     



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 – all year  Cuyahoga SWCD is selling 6 different packets of native seeds. Shrink your lawn with native plants.

Seed Starting Workshop – March 1st  Join us to learn the secrets and supplies of successful seed starting!  

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.

Area Envirothon – 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.

NWF Habitat 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 habitat

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.”    

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