Photo by: Meiring BorcherdsA watershed action plan is a comprehensive plan for protecting and improving the watershed. A watershed action plan includes an inventory of the watershed resources and identifies and evaluates problems within the watershed. The plan then details goals to protect the high quality resources and to address identified problem areas. Through funding from Ohio EPA and member communities, CRWP developed the Chagrin River Watershed Action Plan in 1999.

In December 2006, CRWP revised the Chagrin River Watershed Action Plan. CRWP received the notice of full endorsement from the Ohio EPA, Division of Surface Water and ODNR, Division of Soil and Water Conservation on December 18, 2006.

Chagrin River Watershed Action Plan

The Chagrin River Watershed Action Plan (pdf 6MB) was revised on January 15, 2010 to incorporate data from Ohio EPA sampling activities, Chagrin TMDL Study, the Chagrin River Watershed Balanced Growth Plan, and input from Plan stakeholders.

Ongoing revisions to the Plan will be completed based on comments from Ohio EPA, ODNR, and Plan stakeholders, as well as information gained through implementation of the Plan.  Christina Znidarsic, the Chagrin River Watershed Coordinator, is responsible for the implementation, monitoring, and future revisions of the Chagrin River Watershed Action Plan. Please e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call (440) 975-3870 with any questions or comments on this plan.

Chagrin River Watershed Balanced Growth Plan

The Chagrin River Watershed Action Plan incorporates the Chagrin River Watershed Balanced Growth Plan which was endorsed by the Ohio Lake Erie Commission on September 28, 2009. CRWP and Chagrin River watershed communities collaborated to develop the Chagrin River Watershed Balanced Growth Plan (pdf 15MB) to advance the implementation of best local land use practices.

CRWP and watershed communities worked to ensure that designated PDAs throughout the Chagrin River watershed linked to transportation, water, and sewer infrastructure and planning. The PCA designations promote the protection of existing green space and preservation of additional critical areas to minimize loss of habitat, farmland, forest, and open space. In addition, the designations of both PCAs and PDAs balance local economic development goals while planning ahead to efficiently use infrastructure and protect the Chagrin River and Lake Erie for future generations. CRWP continues to work with watershed communities to implement the recommendations from this Plan including the use of best local land use practices, incorporation of concepts into local comprehensive land use plans, coordination of mitigation activities for stream and wetland impacts to further implement PCAs and PDAs, continued open space acquisition, and economic development initiatives.

For additional information on the Ohio Lake Erie Commission and the Balanced Growth Program, please see http://balancedgrowth.ohio.gov/.

The Chagrin River Watershed Action Plan was prepared by Chagrin River Watershed Partners, Inc. in part under award NA10NOS4190182  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 and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Department of Commerce, Ohio Department of Natural Resources, or the Office of Coastal Management. The Chagrin River Watershed Balanced Growth Plan was developed under a grant from the Ohio Lake Erie Commission, Ohio Water Development Authority, and with the support of our Members.