Cost-share program available again for landowners with streambank erosion issues

Cost-share program available again for landowners with streambank erosion issues

When: November 20 from 6:00pm - 7:00pm


Chagrin River Watershed Partners, Inc. Willoughby, Ohio

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (November 8, 2019)

Cost-share program available again for landowners with streambank erosion issues

The Chagrin River Watershed Partners, Inc. (CRWP), in partnership with Cuyahoga, Geauga, Portage and Lake County Soil and Water Conservation Districts, have received a Great Lakes Sediment and Nutrient Reduction Program grant to provide partial funding assistance to landowners to stabilize eroding streambanks using bio-engineering techniques. The Great Lakes Sediment and Nutrient Reduction Program is a state and federal partnership managed by the Great Lakes Commission in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA), the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) and the eight Great Lakes states. CRWP and SWCD partners are grateful to have received funding from this source in the past and have experience successfully implementing multiple Great Lakes Commission cost-share programs to reduce sediment and nutrient loadings on private property, focusing on smaller tributaries draining to the Chagrin River.

The $194,278 grant will provide technical assistance and cost-sharing dollars for private property owners in eligible subwatersheds of the Chagrin River.

Property owners with small streams in their yards with banks that are eroding could get help through a grant by the Great Lakes Commission for Soil Erosion and Sediment Control.

It will include approximately five to seven projects for a total of 2,000 linear feet of stream bank. The cost-share rate is 50% up to $100/linear foot (potential maximum reimbursement of $50/linear foot).

A public meeting will be held to discuss these cost-share opportunities. The meeting is from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. November 20th at Cleveland Metroparks’ North Chagrin Nature Center (401 Buttermilk Falls Parkway Mayfield Village, OH 44094). Local elected officials will be invited. Please RSVP at: https://costsharepublicmeeting.eventbrite.com.

Kristen Hebebrand, Project Manager with Chagrin River Watershed Partners said, “The grant is a great opportunity for residents to address eroding streambanks on their property. Streambank erosion and sedimentation are problems in many small tributaries draining to the Chagrin River. Revegetation and stream bank stabilization are key strategies to address these impairments. Due in part to soil compaction and a lack of deep-rooted vegetation which better handles increased stormwater influences, these streams rapidly erode over time. Native plantings may wash away during the establishment period and are not always enough to fix the problem. Regrading work and a bio-engineered approach (e.g. using a combination of rock, dead woody material, and native plantings) is often needed to address the problem as banks become more vertical, channels become wider and/or deeper, and experience slumping and other erosion challenges. This cost-share program provides an opportunity to assess conditions on the property, determine whether repair options are needed, and address streambank erosion challenges for the long-term. The project also increases aesthetic value to properties, slows the flow of surface runoff, intercepts fertilizer, pesticides, and heavy metals from runoff, allows sediment to settle out, cools stormwater runoff, and moderates water temperatures for aquatic species by providing shade.”

The projects will use natural bioengineering techniques designed by a qualified contractor. The work could include relaxing the angle of steep banks to prevent further erosion and slumping, planting woody vegetation to stabilize the stream, installing tree revetments which could include anchoring wood material on the stream banks such as logs, and adding natural rock structures to slow water.

Eligible properties must be in the Headwaters Aurora, Beaver Creek-Chagrin River, East Branch, Griswold Creek-Chagrin River sub-watersheds of the Chagrin River. Streambank restoration will be targeted for primary headwater streams and larger tributaries to the Chagrin River that are of an appropriate scale for the cost-share program and will significantly reduce sediment and phosphorus loadings. Biological sampling by Ohio EPA shows that many of the tributaries to the Chagrin River in these subwatersheds are in partial or nonattainment of their aquatic life use. All of the streams in the East Branch subwatershed are designated as coldwater habitat (CWH) streams while the remaining watersheds include CWH, exceptional warmwater habitat (EWH), and warmwater habitat (WWH) streams. Sediment and phosphorus impairment are significant problems, particularly the western tributaries to the Chagrin River where development pressure and associated stormwater issues is high.

The eligible sub-watersheds include portions of Munson Township, the City of Kirtland, the City of Chardon, Newbury Township, the City of Aurora, Russell Township, Bainbridge Township, Gates Mills Village, the City of Willoughby Hills, the Village of Hunting Valley, the Village of Moreland Hills, Mantua Township, the City of Pepper Pike, Kirtland Hills Village, Waite Hill Village, Auburn Township, Mayfield Village, the City of Mayfield Heights, the City of Solon, Orange Village, the City of Chardon, Chagrin Falls Village, the City of Willoughby, the Village of Bentleyville, the City of Wickliffe, South Russell Village, Chagrin Falls Township, the Village of Woodmere, and the City of Mentor.

Chagrin River Watershed Partners will implement this program over two years, and the first major step is determining interested landowners in the eligible areas. Initial site visits will be offered by CRWP and its Soil and Water Conservation District partners to offer advice and determine whether the sites are good fits for the program. A request for proposals will then be released to obtain a qualified consultant to design and construct the projects, with a target construction time of late spring/early summer 2021 after all necessary permits are acquired.

Once they have a pool of landowners, they will develop a request for proposals to choose a stream restoration contractor who helps select the final sites and design and build the projects.

Please contact Kristen Hebebrand, Project Manager at 440-975-3870 ext. 1004 or khebebrand@crwp.org if you are interested in learning more about this cost-share program.

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For more information to develop this news article, please contact:

Kristen Hebebrand 440-975-3870 ext. 1004 or khebebrand@crwp.org

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