Thank you for choosing to take this survey to help watershed organizations in developing a plan for managing stormwater running to the Cuyahoga River from the now buried streams of Burke Branch, Kingsbury Run, Morgan/Morgana Run and Walworth Run. Rainwater, as surface runoff, reaches the historical streams after traveling across acres of soiled pavement and entering storm drains and catch basins. Such conditions lead to polluted stormwater, flooded basements and basins, and loss of natural habitat.

Local watershed organizations are assembling a plan to improve stormwater quality in the buried stream neighborhoods and need a comprehensive overview of conditions. Local residents have valuable knowledge of locales prone to flooding and those significant for enhancing greenspace.

The area of interest covers slightly more than 23 square miles and includes portions of Cleveland, Cuyahoga Heights, Newburgh Heights, Shaker Heights, and Warrensville Heights.

Public input will help create a Nonpoint Source Implementation Strategy (NPS-IS) Plan for this historical watershed, as part of the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency’s nonpoint source pollution control program. Nonpoint sources are areas where water flows across the surface into streams and storm drains, bringing with it, pollution from parking lots, roadways, and areas treated with fertilizer and herbicides. Having such plans makes communities and organizations eligible for state and federal funding to implement projects to improve water quality, reduce flooding and conserve greenspace.

This survey is intended to obtain feedback on potential locations for restoration and protection opportunities to develop into fundable projects to be included in the NPS-IS plans.

If you have any data, surveys, or photos that would be useful for developing this watershed plan, please send to Laura Bonnell at lbonnell@crwp.org or call 440-975-3870 ext.1002. This could include flooding, erosion, or water quality data, habitat evaluations, bird, fish, or wildlife surveys, or other information. If you have photos, please include a brief description, location, and date taken. 

This survey was prepared by Chagrin River Watershed Partners, Inc. using federal funds under award NA18NOS4190096 from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce through the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Office of Coastal Management. The statements, findings, conclusions, and recommendations are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce, Ohio Department of Natural Resources, or the Office of Coastal Management. Additional funding and in-kind services provided by Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District, Chagrin River Watershed Partners, Cuyahoga River Restoration, Bluestone Heights, Cuyahoga Soil & Water Conservation District, and West Creek Conservancy.

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* 1. Contact information

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* 2. What are some key problems affecting streams, wetlands, and natural resources in your area? Where are the challenges located? Examples include, flooding/standing water, erosion, lack of public greenspace and wildlife habitat, etc.

Please provide a description of the area, nearest intersection, or street address if available.

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* 3. Do you know of any forested areas or “pockets” of trees in your area that may not be protected or might be at risk of being cut down?

Please provide a description of the area, nearest intersection, or street address if available.

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* 4. Is there an area that you would like to see protected or conserved?

Please provide a description of the area, nearest intersection, or street address if available.

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* 5. Is there a location where you see streambank erosion?

Please provide a description of the area, nearest intersection, or street address if available.

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* 6. Is there a park or other location where you would like to see more trails or waterfront access?

Please provide a description of the area, nearest intersection, or street address if available.

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* 7. Do you have any other comments or feedback to inform development of this watershed plan?

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