Public Input Needed for New Cahoon Creek-Frontal Lake Erie Watershed Plan

Public input is needed to help develop a watershed plan for the “Cahoon Creek-Frontal Lake Erie” subwatershed. A watershed plan is a comprehensive plan for achieving water resource goals for a geographically defined watershed. This subwatershed covers approximately 38 square miles and includes portions of Avon Lake, Avon, Bay Village, Westlake, Rocky River, North Olmsted, Fairview Park, Lakewood, and Cleveland. Streams in this watershed include Porter Creek, Cahoon Creek, Wischmeyer Creek, Sperry Creek, Spencer Creek and other streams that drain directly to Lake Erie.

Ohio EPA characterizes this subwatershed as 85 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 Chagrin River Watershed Partners, Inc., Cuyahoga Soil and Water Conservation District, and the West Creek Conservancy with funding from an Ohio Department of Natural Resources Coastal Management Assistance Grant and the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District.

We are seeking input on the following:

  • Eroding sections of streams and the Lake Erie coast
  • 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 taking an online survey at crwp.org.

Open house is from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. with a short presentation at 7 p.m.

  • Monday, Nov 5, 2018 Bay Village Library, 502 Cahoon Road, Bay Village, Ohio 44140

Please RSVP by calling Jaimie Johnson at 216-524-6580 x. 1004 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 S 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.

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