Stormwater Resources for Homeowners

CRWP

Chagrin River Watershed Partners, Inc.
P.O. Box 229 Willoughby, OH 44096
(440) 975-3870
http://www.crwp.org 

Chagrin River Watershed Partners, Inc. (CRWP) is an agency that works with various communities, counties and park districts. The City of Solon has been a member of the CRWP community for many years. Their mission is to "strive to preserve and enhance the scenic and environmental quality of the ecosystem of the Chagrin River and its watershed in a manner that assures a sustainable future for people, plants and animals".  

CRWP's website is a great resource of information for residents to learn and improve their property's issues with erosion, flooding and stormwater management, wetland verification and pond maintenance. Visit the site in order to take advantage of the Services for Home and Property Owners that CRWP provides.


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Cuyahoga Soil and Water Conservation District
3311 Perkins Avenue, Suite 100
Cleveland, OH 44114
https://cuyahogaswcd.org

In 1990 a study was conducted in order to establish a set of standards for the design of stormwater facilities in the City. Ultimately the City of Solon's Stormwater Management Program, that satisfies the appropriate water quality requirements of Ohio Revised Code 6111 and the Clean Water Act, was developed. Six Minimum Control Measures (MCM) have been identified as focus points for the City, one of which is Public Education and Outreach (MCM 1). 

Conservation education is one of Cuyahoga Soil and Water Conservation District’s major initiatives. Education raises awareness of issues that affect natural systems, which impacts the quality of life in all communities. To learn more about their program visit their website.

Rain Gardens


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Have you considered a Rain Garden?


A rain garden is a shallow, landscaped depression planted with deep-rooted native plants and grasses which don't mind having "wet feet". Rain gardens collect water from surrounding hard surfaces like driveways and rooftops and allow it to soak into the ground slowly. They provide stormwater and flood control and are also an attractive home for local birds and butterflies! 

Why plant a Rain Garden?


By capturing and holding stormwater from your hard surfaces, rain gardens help filter and clean polluted water. They keep large amounts of stormwater from entering storm sewers during rain events, which puts less stress on city sewers and helps prevent flooding in communities. They're also low-maintenance, require less water and upkeep than typical non-native landscaping and can enhance the beauty of your yard and community.

Follow this link to the City of Solon's Engineering Department to view the Rain Garden Manual for Homeowners.

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The Arbor Day Foundation
100 Arbor Avenue
Nebraska City, NE 68410
https://www.arborday.org/

What does it mean to be a "Tree City"?

The City of Solon has had the distinction of being deemed a "Tree City" by the Arbor Day Foundation every year since 1980.  There are four requirements for becoming a Tree City as defined by the Arbor Day Foundation and the National Association of State Foresters. Those are:

  • The city must have a tree board or department.
  • The city must have a tree care ordinance.
  • The city must have a Community Forestry Program with an annual budget of at least $2 per capita.
  • The city must have an Arbor Day Observance and Proclamation.
An advantage to being a community that exhibits such interest in trees is the stormwater related benefits the trees provide, as exhibited by a publication provided by the Arbor Day Foundation. More information can be found on their website.