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 of 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 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 2017 is Lake Erie-Don't Waste It!
Visit their site for quarterly conservation tips, stormwater education, programs and events, and resources at: