Funded by Ohio EPA Section 319 Grant

Lake Metroparks acquired the Pleasant Valley Park along the Chagrin River near the Pleasant Valley Bridge in 2007. CRWP assisted Lake Metroparks in acquiring and administering a $303,586 Ohio EPA 319 grant to restore this former nursery to a naturally functioning floodplain and riparian corridor.

This project removed 650 linear feet of earthen levee along the Chagrin River to enable the river to access its historical floodplain. In addition, 9.2 acres of gravel driveways and nursery growing areas were removed and existing drainage tiles were crushed to restore a historical 3.5 acre wetland. Further floodplain restoration re-established 17 acres of floodplain forest and meadow. This project increased floodplain storage, enhanced water quality treatment and improved wildlife habitat along the Chagrin River in Willoughby Hills and downstream communities.

This product or publication was financed in part or totally through a grant from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency and the United States Environmental Protection Agency, under the provisions of Section 319(h) of the Clean Water Act. The contents and views, including any opinions, findings, or conclusions or recommendation, contained in this publication are those of the authors and have not been subject to any U.S. EPA or Ohio EPA peer or administrative review and may not necessarily reflect the views of either Agency, and no official endorsement should be inferred.