Nonpoint Source Implementation Strategy Planning

Thank you for choosing to take this survey to help achieve water resource goals in the West Branch Cuyahoga River subwatershed. This area is part of the upper Cuyahoga River watershed and includes  Aquilla Wildlife Area, Burton Wetlands, and Veterans Legacy Woods.

This watershed covers parts of Aquilla, Burton, Burton Township, Claridon Township, Hambden Township, Munson Township, and Newbury Township.

The basic goals of these plans are to improve water quality in each watershed through activities like improving stormwater management, stabilizing eroding streambanks, and restoring and protecting wetlands and riparian (stream-side) areas. These types of projects are fundable through certain types of state and federal funding, but they must be included in an approved nonpoint source implementation strategy plan (NPS-IS) plan to be eligible. 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 NPSIS plans.

If you have any data,  surveys, or photos that would be useful for developing this watershed plan, please send to Kristen Hebebrand at khebebrand@crwp.org or call 440-975-3870 ext.1004. 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 Chagrin River Watershed Partners, Cuyahoga River Restoration, and West Creek Conservancy.

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* 1. Contact information

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* 2. What do feel are key issues affecting the water quality of West Branch of the Cuyahoga, Hospins Creek, Butternut Creek or other smaller streams, and wetlands in the watershed?

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* 3. Are there any particular projects that should be developed that would improve water quality and reduce nutrients, eliminate impairments, or restore impaired stream segments? If so, please provide the location (coordinates, address / parcel etc.) and description. Coordinates may be obtained by clicking a point on Google Maps.

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* 4. Are there any areas in the watershed that would benefit from stream restoration, riparian restoration (native plantings and invasive species control), or dam removal/modification? Please provide the location and a site description.

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* 5. Are there any wetland habitats that should be restored or renaturalized? For example, a wetland area may be degraded through invasive species domination and/or past land uses such as farming, mowing, or draining. Please provide the location and a site description.

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* 6. Are there any stormwater management projects to improve water quality that would be beneficial in this watershed? Examples include large public rain gardens, pocket wetlands to treat stormwater flower prior to discharge to a stream, permeable pavement, or bioretention. Please provide the location and a site description.

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* 7. Are there any areas that should be targeted for large scale reforestation efforts or mitigation of tree pests and diseases? Please provide a location and site description.

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* 8. Is there a property or specific type of habitat (e.g. wetlands, stream resources) that you would like to see protected and put into permanent conservation? If you suggest specific locations, please provide the location and a site description.

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* 9. Are you interested in protecting or restoring water resources (such as a streambank stabilization project) on your own property? If so, please describe.

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* 10. Is there a park or other location where you would like to see more trails for hiking or biking?

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

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