Eroding streambanks on East Branch near remnants of City of Willoughby’s former water supply intake.
 
Eroding streambank on Chagrin River south of State Route 84 at Daniels Park.

The City of Willoughby has been concerned about erosion occurring on the Chagrin River and its East Branch at Daniels Park for several years.  Both streams have 10.5 feet bank heights and High Rosgen’s Bank Erosion Hazard Index (BEHI) scores.  The City shared these concerns with Chagrin River Watershed Partners (CRWP), and in 2017 CRWP secured a $15,000 Great Lakes Restoration Initiative grant from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency and the United States Environmental Protection Agency to develop conceptual stream restoration plans. Through a competitive request for proposals process, CRWP hired Biohabitats in 2018 to assist with conceptual plan development. 

CRWP has consulted with the City of Willoughby, Lake County Stormwater Management Department, Lake Soil and Water Conservation District, Western Reserve Land Conservancy, Ohio Environmental Protection Agency, and Ohio Department of Natural Resources to facilitate plan development.  Stakeholder outreach will continue to gain support for the stream restoration plan and cultivate partnerships to assist with project implementation. 

CRWP will incorporate components of the stream restoration plan for Daniels Park into Nonpoint Source Implementation Strategy (NPS-IS) Plans for Chagrin River subwatersheds, so that they will be eligible for implementation funding from Ohio Environmental Protection Agency and the United States Environmental Protection Agency.

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