- Published: 12 February 2013
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In October 2012, CRWP was awarded a grant from the US Environmental Protection Agency through the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative to introduce a series of green infrastructure projects at sites within the Newell/Ward Creek watershed (click here for map), which drains to the Chagrin River. Newell/Ward Creek enters the Chagrin River one mile upstream of the mouth to Lake Erie, and does not meet Ohio EPA water quality standards due to stormwater flows and stream modification.
CRWP worked with the Cities of Mentor, Eastlake, and Willoughby; Great Lakes Mall owners and the Lake County Soil and Water Conservation District to restore Newell/Ward Creek. This project:
- Retrofitted portions of the Great Lakes Mall parking lot to infiltrate stormwater runoff.
- Restored over 2,900 linear feet of Newell/Ward Creek at the Lost Nation Municipal Golf Course.
- Provided information to Newell/Ward Creek residents and free rain gardens, rain barrels, or shade trees to more effectively manage stormwater.
Great Lakes Mall Stormwater Retrofits
|The infiltration chambers installed under permeable pavers in the Great Lakes Mall parking lot will allow water from the roof to soak into the ground. These chambers are the unseen workhorses of the project.|
|Permeable pavers and rain gardens at the Great Lakes Mall in Mentor, Ohio. The infiltation chambers shown in the previous photo are under these pavers.|
|Rain gardens capture stormwater runoff at the Great Lakes Mall in Mentor, Ohio|
|Tree pits capture stormwater runoff at the Great Lakes Mall in Mentor, Ohio|
Learn about how putting rain gardens, rain barrels and shade trees on your property can help solve stormwater problems and improve stream quality.
Watch Mentor's Around Town Video video here!
Through this project Newell/Ward Creek residents in Eastlake, Mentor and Willoughby installed 11 rain gardens, 122 rain barrels, and 171 shade trees to help manage manage stormwater flow and improve water quality in Newell/Ward Creek.